Radim Vrbata Happy To Stay With Arizona Coyotes
Radim Vrbata was relieved to hear that he was remaining with the Arizona Coyotes after a whirlwind of rumors leading up to the trade deadline.
Not everyone is happy with the Arizona Coyotes, but Radim Vrbata can’t complain.
He was allowed to stay in the desert instead of being shipped to a contender and that suits him just fine.
That seems counter to the narrative of players wishing their way out of Arizona for better, more competitive teams, and it is. Vrbata has had his fill of the rest of the league, it would appear, and rebuild or no he’s happy to call the Valley home.
“I’m happy,” Vrbata said after learning he was staying put. “There was a reason why I signed here, and I wanted to finish the season here. I’m glad nothing happened.”
While the return may have helped the future, it’s hard to disagree with #17. It’ll be good to have him around these final 20 games.
He added, “”It was a little nerve-racking the last two days, a waiting game … I will finish the season here and hopefully come back next year.”
For general manager John Chayka, that answer is part of the reason why he held onto Vrby.
Unlike with Martin Hanzal, Chayka has an extremely good shot at retaining Vrbata in free agency at a reasonable price. With no fear of Vrbata leaving without the team acquiring assets in return, it was easier to hold fast on his trade demands and walk away if no contending team was willing to play ball.
Having Radim Vrbata on the roster to finish the season won’t change much in the standings, but he is one of a decreasing number of veteran voices in the room helping to mentor all of the Coyotes’ youngsters.
There’s also another reason it’s good he’s stay around.
— Dave Vest (@davest4yotes) March 1, 2017
His 1,000th game will be in an Arizona Coyotes sweater. That’s about as fitting as it comes.
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But once the deadline hit at 1 p.m. Arizona time, the group remained intact as management pulled the reins on any more deals that affected the NHL roster, so pending unrestricted free agent Radim Vrbata and captain Shane Doan stayed put.
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