Arizona Coyotes winger Radim Vrbata coud be one of the more under-the-radar signings of the 2014 NHL Free Agency period.
He’s quietly been a steady offensive producer for the Coyotes over the last five seasons, yet, because of his playing location, many people never took notice. However, there are a number of teams that know how talented Vrbata is, and are trying to lure him to their city for the foreseeable future.
According to TSN’s Aaron Ward, a number of teams, five or six to be exact, are interested in bring Vrbata into the fold.
The teams include the Tampa Bay Lightning, Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks. The other one to two teams reportedly interested haven’t been named, though Arizona is still looking to bring the 33-year old Czech scorer back to the desert.
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In six seasons overall with the Coyotes, Vrbata has piled up 137 goals and 288 points in 428 games. He’s also a player who has been able to stay healthy for most of his career, playing in at least 77 games in each of the last four full NHL regular seasons. He played just 34 during the lockout-shortened 2013 season.
NHL Free Agency begins at Noon on July 1, and you can expect to hear Vrbata’s name come up quite a bit as the events unfold.