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Canucks land winger Vrbata for two years, $10M

Jul 2, 2014, 9:15 PM EDT

The Vancouver Canucks landed winger Radim Vrbata with a two-year contract reportedly worth $10 million overall on Wednesday.

Here are a few extra contract details regarding the 33-year-old winger’s deal:

Vrbata is far from a household name, yet he’s developed into a nice scoring winger during his days with the then-Phoenix Coyotes.

He tends to hover around the 20-27 goal area, although he peaked with the Coyotes back in the 2011-12 season when he set career-highs in goals (35) and points (62). Some like to joke that h e just plays better in the desert because he sandwiched an unsuccessful run with the Tampa Bay Lightning between successful first (2007-08) and second seasons with the Coyotes.


The most exciting prospect is to imagine how he might fit in with the Sedin twins. With all due respect to the players he skated with in Glendale, none can get him the biscuit like Henrik and Daniel Sedin can, especially if last season’s struggles were an aberration.

With the possible exception of Alex Burrows, Vrbata is likely the best finisher the Sedins could skate with on regular even-strength shifts. The fact that Vrbata boasts a right-handed shot can’t hurt matters for the two left-handed twins, either.


With the buyout of Mike Ribeiro and departure of Vrbata in mind, the Arizona Coyotes might struggle to score goals next season. Still, in this case, the demands were just too rich for the Coyotes’ blood:

The Canucks are primed to be a very different team in 2014-15, but this could very well help them to find a nice bit of balance on offense.

  1. lowenni - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Wow. Good pickup for them. 5 mil is a lot but they need another scorer with Kesler gone, although they’re not really totally rebuilding picking up Vrbata. Either way he should look pretty good next to the Sedins.

    This is more troublesome for Phoenix than it is good for Vancouver, however. They really have no proven top scorers after buying out Ribeiro as well and their most dangerous offensive weapon is Yandle, a defenseman. They let that Western Conference Final team slip away.

    • kaptaanamerica - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:46 PM

      Daniel shouldn’t be anywhere near the 1st line unless he proves he can actually do something. I don’t mind Vrbata playing with Hank.

      Daniel should be dropped a line or two if all he’s gonna do is be a dead weight on Hank. Can’t have this guy acting like an anchor on Hank anymore…. We need guys who can produce on the top line, not just cycle around and never shoot.

  2. phxyotes - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    GM Don Maloney and the new ownership group of the Coyotes have done nothing to improve this team. As a fan since their move to AZ this is painful to watch.

    • oquintero99 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      I was actually thinking this morning that it seems like the owners will not invest money in the team for 5 yrs so they can move it to Seattle or Canada and sell it to the highest bidder.

  3. 950003cups - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Nice deal!!
    For Vrbata.
    These guys are getting more now than before the lockout.

  4. 950003cups - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Somewhere in Canada a loud crying sound is heard. That sound is coming from a young man named Connor McDavid. Yotes will finish last.

    • kaptaanamerica - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:49 PM

      wrong and wrong. no way they are worse than the leafs or edmonton.

  5. sixchr - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Can the Bruins go back in time about a month, fire Chiarelli, and promote Benning?

  6. rupp246 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    I feel for the Phoenix fans, it’s a shame what’s happening to that team. Can’t see that franchise being around much longer. Only a matter of time they will have a new home.

  7. hawkeedawg - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    A big omission by O’Brien in the write up. Vrbata is 4th all time in shoot out goals. That alone is worth 5-8 SO winners points. (Source

    • 950003cups - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      Didnt know that. Wonder why Lamoriello didn’t go hard for him over Cammalleri. Oh, I forgot, he’s freakin’ senile!!!!! THATS WHY!

  8. badguy711 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Same as Miller, probably overpaid by a Mill per year. But at least gives them some credible NHL talent to join the top 6.

    I think the expectation is not that the Canucks are cup contenders, and not even a favorite for making the playoffs, but Vancouver will ice a somewhat competitive team while the youth movement develops for a few years

    • nobandwagoners - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      I agree, Canucks probably did overpay both Miller and Vrbata by about $1m per season, but I suppose Benning et al wanted to be aggressive and really entice them to come to an organization that looked to be in shambles.

      Re: the salary – the Nucks’ approach appears to be salary (Vrbata $4m, Miller $5m) plus bonus ($1m). Wondering – does that have any impact on the salary cap calculations?

  9. capsnbohs23 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Benning isnt waisting any time getting the nucks back on track to compete. Great hire

    • hawkeedawg - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      I love what Benning has done so far. But it all started when the Aqualini’s brought in Linden as Prez. He has gone after the guys he wanted and got them. (GM and Coach). Right now Vancouver is not a top tier destination thanks to the past GM and coach, Benning is repairing that image quickly though.

  10. hawkeedawg - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Do you think Van fans are upset about Kesler being gone? The big Hockey Store here in the lower mainland is offering to switch the “Kesler” with “Vrbata” on anyone’s jersey for $35. They have a wait list already.

    • bigtganks - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      What if you live in the states? Would they do last names or only Vrbata? What’s the name of the store?

      • hawkeedawg - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:20 PM

        Not sure if I should’ve mentioned it…
        The Hockey Shop in Surrey, BC.

  11. clavette - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    2 years for vrbata and 3 for miller isnt bad at all. canucks will be at least competing this season for the final 2 playoff spots

    worst case scenario they suck again and can easily move vrbata if hes healthy and not horrible to a team looking to make a playoff run

  12. valoisvipers - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    Poor poor Bastard. Gotta feel for the guy. first the Yotes and now the Nucks….Psss Radam fire your dumb ass agent.

  13. blomfeld - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    *** actual excerpt from a conversation overheard just today in Vancouver BC on Skytrain ***

    Person A: how do you like the odds of our Canucks now making the playoffs going into 2014-15 ?

    Person B: to be honest, they’re probably ‘less’ than Pickett’s brigades had on Day 3 at Gettysburg 😦



    Much Ado About Nothing is a comedic play by William Shakespeare thought to have been written in 1598 and 1599, as Shakespeare was approaching the middle of his career. The play was included in the First Folio, published in 1623. Much Ado About Nothing is generally considered one of Shakespeare’s best comedies, because it combines elements of robust hilarity with more serious meditations on honor, shame, and court politics. Like As You Like It and Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, though interspersed with darker concerns, is a joyful comedy that ends with multiple marriages and no deaths.

    By means of “nothing” (which sounds the same as “noting,” and which is gossip, rumour, and overhearing), Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love for each other, and Claudio is tricked into rejecting Hero at the altar on the erroneous belief that she has been unfaithful. At the end, Benedick and Beatrice join forces to set things right, and the others join in a dance celebrating the marriages of the two couples.

    “As the rats ‘scurry’ in their tunnels, we Kings above are being fed grapes by the Goddess of Victory !” :)

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

    executive summary: Vrbata’s signing equals ‘ice warnings’ from SS California to RMS Titanic !

    • notan9ner - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      Today, Tomorrow and for ever. (starting in 2012)

      Can you even name the kings head coach before Daryl Sutter took over? or name 5 people from the 2009 line up with out googling it?

      Though so….

  14. ronniethec - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    On paper at this point in time, there are 4 teams that are a shoe in for the western conference playoffs. Kings ducks hawks and blues. Then the sharks and Avs are almost a shoe in. That leave 2 teams between the stars wild and nucks to get in. Odds are the nucks will be on the outside looking in. And sometime in mid June of next year I see the Kings in 6 or 7 over Boston. (Not too sure about Boston)

  15. gunwin77 - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:53 AM

    Congratulations to Vancouver. Although I have to say I’m a little surprised this is where Vbrata ended up. I don’t really understand this signing from a rebuilding perspective. Unless the objective is for Radim to provide a leadership role for the young players on this roster, then I guess it makes sense. I think Toronto would have made more sense in this case. Vbrata would have fit in nicely next to Kadri and Lupul. Could have given the leafs’ second line the jolt it was lacking last season and allowed for Clarkson to move down to the third line which, in my opinion, is a better place for him. I really hope the leafs can find a legit second line right winger before October.

  16. pj608 - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:48 AM

    Think this was a good signing for any team…. short term too. cant go wrong

  17. puckyou14 - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Maybe paid a little much for Vrbata but at 2 years, its a really good signing.

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