Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 12/28/14

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 26: Radim Vrbata #17 of the Phoenix Coyotes handles the puck under pressure from Jamie McGinn #69 of the San Jose Sharks during the preseason NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on September 26, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Sharks 2-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The Arizona Coyotes lost another key piece of their 2012 Western Conference Final team when free-agent wing Radim Vrbata signed a two-year $10 million deal with the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday evening with $ 4 million in base salary each season and $1 million in bonuses each year. Vrbata made one last ditch effort to remain with the Coyotes, where has enjoyed his greatest success as a pro. But the Coyotes couldn't come close to matching the money he was getting elsewhere, or give him enough assurances in other parts of the deal to keep him. Vrbata had other offers on the table, including a couple from contenders and a pair from teams that didn't feel like a good fit, but the two-year deal opens up the possibility for Vrbata, who just turned 33 in June, to sign another deal with plenty left in the tank. Vrbaa and his wife, Petra, had their second son (Oliver) on April 30, so there was plenty of thought given to remaining in Phoenix. They weren't keen on the idea of uprooting the f...
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