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...