Heres how Radim Vrbatas free-agency period evolved this offseason. On July 1, he became unrestricted. On July 2, the Coyotes announced a three-year, 9 million deal to keep the skilled Czech winger in Phoenix.
That was that.
I think we actually signed the deal a few hours after free agency started on the first day, Vrbata said.
Sometimes, you just know a good fit when you see it.
Phoenix signed Vrbata at a reasonable price for a reasonable term that stays within its tight budget. Vrbata got to stay in a place where he has had most of his NHL success.
In 647 NHL games, he has 170 goals and 361 points. Forty-four percent of his career games (283) have been played for the Coyotes, for whom he's scored 54 percent of his career goals (92) and 51 percent of his career points (185).
And that doesnt even take into account his astounding success rate (66.7 percent this season) in shootouts with that ridiculous back-hand move that goalies can't seem to master.
Certain players just find ...