Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said Saturday that the team has had preliminary conversations about a contact extension for forward Radim Vrbata who is entering the final year of a three-year $9 million deal.
That is significant news in its own right although nothing is imminent. But check out what Maloney said about the possibility of extending Vrbata.
"He’s been a very good player for us and we’ve had great value for what we’re paying him” Maloney said. “I feel like we’re always fair in our contracts -- my idea of fair and other camps' idea may be different -- but when you look at his numbers he’s probably earned more.”
Maloney has a remarkable penchant for candor but this was groundbreaking stuff even for him. When is the last time you heard a GM admit he’s not paying a guy enough as he enters a contract negotiation?
The thing is Maloney is right. When you look at Vrbata’s stats the past four seasons – 90 goals and 181 points in 272 games – it’s clear that he’s provided