Radim Vrbata

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Radim Vrbata
Radim Vrbata Coyotes2.jpg
Born (1981-06-13) 13 June 1981 (age 35)
Mladá Boleslav, CS
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Arizona Coyotes
Colorado Avalanche
Carolina Hurricanes
Chicago Blackhawks
Tampa Bay Lightning
Vancouver Canucks
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 212th overall, 1999
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 2001–present

Radim Vrbata (born 13 June 1981) is a Czech professional ice hockey right winger who is currently playing with the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). Vrbata was originally drafted in 1999 by the Colorado Avalanche, with whom he has also played, along with the Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Tampa Bay Lightning and Vancouver Canucks during his NHL career.

Playing career[edit]

Vrbata was drafted in the seventh round, 212th overall, by the Colorado Avalanche in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He won the 2001 World Junior Championship and the 2005 IIHF World Championship with the Czech Republic.

In March 2003, Vrbata was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Bates Battaglia, later being acquired by the Chicago Blackhawks on 30 December 2005, in exchange for future considerations. After two subpar seasons with Chicago, he was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes on 11 August 2007, for Kevyn Adams. During his first year in Phoenix, he set career highs in goals, assists and led the team in scoring.

Vrbata with the Canucks in 2015.

On 1 July 2008, Vrbata, as a free agent, signed a three-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.[1] After starting the 2008–09 season out of form and citing confidence issues, and the fact that his wife was having difficulty during pregnancy, Vrbata asked and was granted permission to return home to the Czech Republic on 8 December 2008.[2] On 2 January 2009, he joined his hometown team, BK Mladá Boleslav.[3] Vrbata's stint with Boleslav, however, was cut short when he was sent on loan to Bílí Tygři Liberec on 29 January 2009.[4]

After finishing the season in the Czech Republic, Vrbata advised the Lightning he intended to return to the NHL for the second year of his contract for the 2009–10 season. Having already filled Vrbata's spot on the team's roster, however, Tampa Bay had no interests in retaining Vrbata and his agent, Rich Evans, was subsequently given permission to orchestrate a trade with another NHL organization.[5] Thus, on 21 July 2009, Vrbata was traded back to the Coyotes in exchange for David Hale and Todd Fedoruk[6] for a second stint with the team. He would total 43 goals in his next two seasons with the team, coupled with four Stanley Cup playoff goals as Phoenix qualified for the playoffs in both 2010 and 2011, losing both times to the Detroit Red Wings.

On 21 February 2012, Vrbata scored two goals in a 5–4 shootout victory over the Los Angeles Kings. His second goal gave him 30 on the season, a career high.[7] He would finish the 2011–12 season with a career-high 35 goals in which he led the entire NHL in game-winners, with 12.

On 2 July 2014, Vrbata signed as an unrestricted free agent to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks.[8] Vrbata stated the opportunity to play with the Sedin twins was a large factor in his decision.[9] In his first season in Vancouver, 2014–15, Vrbata enjoyed a career year, finishing the regular season with 63 points from 78 games, besting his previous 62-point career-high season in 2011–12. He also led the Canucks in goals scored with 31, his second-highest single-season career total behind the 35 he scored in 2011–12.

In the final year of his contract with the Canucks, Vrbata endured a disappointing 2015–16 season, producing just 27 points in his lowest offensive totals since 2009. As a free agent in the following off-season, Vrbata opted to return for a third stint with the Arizona Coyotes, agreeing to a one-year, $1 million bonus laden contract on August 16, 2016.[10]

Personal[edit]

Vrbata is from the same city as former Chicago Blackhawks teammate Martin Havlát, Mladá Boleslav. Vrbata's brother David is also a professional hockey player.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 54 22 38 60 16 23 6 13 19 6
1999–00 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 59 29 45 74 26 15 3 9 12 8
2000–01 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 55 56 64 120 67 10 4 7 11 4
2000–01 Hershey Bears AHL 20 8 14 22 8
2001–02 Colorado Avalanche NHL 52 18 12 30 14 9 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Colorado Avalanche NHL 66 11 19 30 16
2002–03 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 10 5 0 5 2
2003–04 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 80 12 13 25 24
2004–05 Bílí Tygři Liberec CZE 45 18 21 39 91 13 3 2 5 0
2004–05 BK Mladá Boleslav Czech 1. 2 0 1 1 6
2005–06 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 16 2 3 5 6
2005–06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 45 13 21 34 22
2006–07 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 77 14 27 41 26
2007–08 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 76 27 29 56 14
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 18 3 3 6 8
2008–09 BK Mladá Boleslav CZE 11 5 3 8 18
2008–09 Bílí Tygři Liberec CZE 7 7 2 9 2 3 0 1 1 2
2009–10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 24 19 43 24 7 2 2 4 4
2010–11 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 79 19 29 48 20 4 2 3 5 0
2011–12 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 77 35 27 62 24 16 2 3 5 8
2012–13 BK Mladá Boleslav Czech 1. 2 1 1 2 0
2012–13 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 34 12 16 28 14
2013–14 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 80 20 31 51 22
2014–15 Vancouver Canucks NHL 79 31 32 63 20 6 2 2 4 0
2015–16 Vancouver Canucks NHL 63 13 14 27 12
NHL totals 934 259 295 554 262 42 8 10 18 12

International[edit]

Medal record
Representing  Czech Republic
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2001 Moscow
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2005 Vienna
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2001 Czech Republic WJC 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 1 2 3 4
2003 Czech Republic WC 4th 9 3 3 6 2
2005 Czech Republic WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 3 0 1 1 0
2008 Czech Republic WC 5th 7 5 2 7 4
2013 Czech Republic WC 7th 8 2 1 3 4
Junior totals 7 1 2 3 4
Senior totals 27 10 7 17 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tampa Bay adds Vrbata from Phoenix". Canadian Press. 2008-07-01. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  2. ^ "Vrbata heading home". TSN. 2008-12-08. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  3. ^ "Radim Vrbata returns to play". (in czech) hockey.idnes.cz. 2009-01-02. Retrieved 2009-01-02. 
  4. ^ "Bili acquire Vrbata on Loan from Boleslav". (in czech) hcbilitygri.cz. 2009-01-29. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  5. ^ "Tampa Bay Lightning has no interest in returning right wing Radim Vrbata". TampaBay.com. 2009-07-10. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  6. ^ "Vrbata traded back to Coyotes". CBC. 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  7. ^ "Coyotes prevail over Kings". National Hockey League. 2012-02-21. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  8. ^ "Canucks sign Radim Vrbata". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2014-07-02. Retrieved 2014-07-02. 
  9. ^ "Vrbat with Sekeras and Price interview". soundcloud.com. 2014-09-25. Retrieved 2014-09-25. 
  10. ^ "Coyotes sign Vrbata to one-year contract". Arizona Coyotes. 2016-08-16. Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  11. ^ "Radim Vrbata player profile". Eliteprospects.com. 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 

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