Report: Radim Vrbata, Coyotes could be reunited once again


Radim Vrbata and the Arizona Coyotes just can’t stay separated for too long.

Arizona Sports’ Craig Morgan reports that the two sides are closing in on a one-year contract.

Morgan didn’t specify how much money might be involved, but even for a budget-conscious team like the Coyotes, a single season can only do so much damage. It’s a low-risk proposition that, considering Vrbata’s past in the desert, could bring nice rewards.

While Vrbata made a nice first impression riding shotgun with the Sedin twins in Vancouver, his 2015-16 season was rough, solidifying the notion that things just seem to go better for him in Arizona.

Three of his four career 20+ goal seasons came with the Coyotes, and it’s not outrageous to picture him flirting with 20 or more on a team that could use his shooting skills.

A power play with Vrbata, young talents like Max Domi and quality scoring blueliners Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Alex Goligoski might just help Arizona steal some extra wins next season.

Vrbata seems aware of Arizona being something of a comfort zone, and has been for some time. Back in 2012, he told the Chicago Tribune that “it seems like it’s a good place for me.”

Arizona would be a perfectly sensible place for Vrbata in 2016-17 now, too, so we’ll see if it becomes official.