Canucks sign Radim Vrbata to two-year contract

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Vancouver, BC, Canada (4E Sports) – The Vancouver Canucks have signed free-agent forward Radim Vrbata to a two-year contract reportedly worth $10 million, for an annual NHL salary-cap charge of $5 million.

A 33-year-old native of the Czech Republic, Vrbata had 20 goals and 51 points for the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013-14. He has spent the past five seasons with the Coyotes and had career-highs of 35 goals and 62 points in 2011-12.

Vrbata has played for the Colorado Avalanche, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning, and has scored at least 20 goals five times.

He has 215 goals and 464 points in 792 regular-season games, and six goals and 14 points in 36 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He is tied for fourth on the all-time list with 35 shootout goals.

“He’s been a good soldier for us. I have no hard feelings. He got himself what I think is a very good deal, and that’s good for him and his family,” said Coyotes general manager Don Maloney, who was interested in bringing Vrbata back.

Vrbata scored 137 of his goals for the Coyotes.

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