June 13, 1981 |
Mladá Boleslav, Czechoslovakia
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
Tampa Bay Lightning
|National team||Czech Republic|
|NHL Draft||212th overall, 1999
Radim Vrbata (born June 13, 1981) is a Czech professional ice hockey player who is currently playing for the Vancouver Canucks in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche with whom he has also played, along with the Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Phoenix Coyotes and Tampa Bay Lightning.
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 World Championships with the Czech Republic.
In March 2003, Vrbata was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Bates Battaglia. He was acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes by the Chicago Blackhawks on December 30, 2005 for future considerations. After two subpar seasons in Chicago, he was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes on August 11, 2007 for Kevyn Adams. During his 1st year in Phoenix, he set career highs in goals, and assists, and led the team in scoring.
On July 1, 2008, Vrbata, as a free agent, signed a three-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. 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 December 8, 2008. On January 2, 2009 he joined hometown team, BK Mladá Boleslav. Vrbata's stint with Boleslav was cut short when he was sent on loan to HC Bílí Tygři Liberec on January 29, 2009.
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 in the 2009–10 season. Having filled Vrbata's roster spot the Lightning had no interests in retaining Vrbata and his agent, Rich Evans, was given permission to work out a trade. On July 21, 2009, Vrbata was traded by the Lightning back to the Coyotes in exchange for David Hale and Todd Fedoruk for a second stint with the team. He would total 43 goals in his next two seasons with the team, coupled with four playoff goals as the Coyotes qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in both 2010 and 2011, losing both times to the Detroit Red Wings.
On February 21, 2012, Vrbata scored two goals in a Coyotes 5-4 Shootout win over the Los Angeles Kings. His second goal gave him 30 on the season, a career high. He would finish the season with a career high 35 goals, in which he led the entire NHL in game-winning goals with 12.
On July 2, 2014, Vrbata left the Coyotes and signed as a free agent to a two-year $10 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks. Vrbata stated the opportunity to play with the Sedin twins was a large factor in his decision. In his first season in Vancouver, Vrbata enjoyed a career season as he finished regular season with 63 points in 78 games, beating his previous best total of 62 in 2011-12 with the Coyotes (although he played 2 games less that season). He also led the Canucks in goals scored with 31 goals, his second best career total behind the 35 he scored in 2011-12.
Regular season and playoffs
|2004–05||HC 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||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||18||3||3||6||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||BK Mladá Boleslav||CZE||11||5||3||8||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||HC Bílí Tygři Liberec||CZE||7||7||2||9||2||3||0||1||1||2|
|2012–13||BK Mladá Boleslav||Czech 1.||2||1||1||2||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|Competitor for Czech Republic|
|World Junior Championships|
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