Posted February 25, 2012 on AP on Fox

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 12: Radim Vrbata #17 of the Phoenix Coyotes in action during the NHL game against the San Jose Sharks at Jobing.com Arena on December 12, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Sharks 2-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JOHN MARSHALL AP Sports Writer Sitting in front of his locker, Radim Vrbata whips a roll of tape around the handle of his stick, working his way toward the end, where a few extra layers create a knob for better grip. The way he's been playing, Vrbata could coat his stick in soap and probably still find a way to get the puck in the net. In the midst of a career season, Vrbata has provided the surging Phoenix Coyotes with clutch goal-scoring and steady, heady play at both ends of the ice. ''Vrby is a really good player, a really skilled player,'' Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. ''The one thing he's done this season is turn into a go-to guy.'' Vrbata has been a solid, under-the-radar type of player during his 10-year NHL career, eclipsing 25 points in every season but one. He's been consistent in his second go-round with the Coyotes as well, with 24 goals and 19 assists in 2009-10, 19 goals and 29 assists last s...
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