For the second straight day of NHL free agency, the Canucks have signed a veteran player.
Radim Vrbata has agreed to a two-year contract worth $10 million dollars. The club inked goalie Ryan Miller to a three-year, $18 million dollar deal on Canada Day.
Vrbata’s agent Rich Evans is based out of South Surrey. He sent out a “cliff hanger” tweet saying Radim Vrbata looking forward to joining a Canadian team. A few minutes later the next message arrived. Yes, it is Vancouver.
The native of the Czech Republic has spent the last five seasons in Phoenix. He has also played in Carolina, Tampa, Chicago and Denver during his dozen year career.
The recently turned 33-year-old had 20 goals and 31 assists in 80 games last season in the desert. Half of his goals were scored on the man advantage for the Coyotes, who were ranked fourth in the NHL on the power play. He is two years removed from a career best 35-goal campaign.
Evans also tweeted his client has scored more road goals in the shootout than anyone else, as well as, Vrbata is tied for fourth with Pavel Datsyuk in career shootout goals with 35. Many Canucks fans know this is also an area where Vancouver has struggled.
The right wing is expected to get an opportunity to play on the same line as the Sedins. All three players were drafted in 1999. Daniel and Henrik were taken second and third respectively. Vrbata was chosen 212th overall in the seventh round.