Wonder where the Vancouver Canucks would have been had Radim Vrbata scored goals like these this year.
Radim Vrbata’s stint with the Vancouver Canucks has come to an abrupt and somewhat bitter ending. After scoring 31 goals last season and putting up 62 points, last year’s winner of the Canucks’ Most Exciting Player award has certainly fallen out of favours with the box score keepers.
Now that his season has been terminated after suffering a leg injury against the Edmonton Oilers, Vrbata is almost certain to be the next victim of Jim Benning‘s youth movement and will try his luck in the open market as his contract yields to an unrestricted free agent status. One has got to wonder if an aging player like him will be able to find himself a new home after being passed at the trade deadline as a rental.
Vrbata is set to leave the Canucks (unless he does not, a case that our Jeff Godley proposes) with 44 goals and 46 assists in 142 games as a Canuck, good for 90 points in total. Despite being a plus-six player last year, he will end his Canuck career as a cumulative minus-24. Tells you how bad the Canucks have been this year.
Recapping the two-year stay that the 34-year-old Czech enjoyed with the Canucks and mourning his lack of production this season, here are the top-five Radim Vrbata goals in a Vancouver Canuck uniform. But first of all, the honourable mentions.
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