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Introducing Radim Vrbata: This New Canuck Has Some Handles (VIDEO)
When the Canucks sign a new player, you do the same thing as I do – you head on over to YouTube, you type their name in the search bar, and then you let the Interwebs whisk you away into a world of select highlights that may just offer you some insight into who the player is and what he's capable of.
You know the NHL channel has all the good, hi-def stuff. You're wary whenever a 'highlight' of a new player is just a 10-second clip of him putting home a rebound. You want top corner, man. You want sizzle and flash, maybe a water bottle or two launched off the mesh.
With Radim Vrbata, well you might already know what he brings. He's 33 years old, and first played in the NHL in 2002 as a fresh rookie with the Colorado Avalanche. Since then, he's established himself as a reliable scoring winger, but only in Phoenix, where he spent the past five seasons of his career and twice eclipsed the 50-point mark, thrice the 20-goal mark.
Vrbata hit a career high in goals in the 2012 season, when he had 35 for a Coyotes team that climbed to the Western Conference Final.
According to Sportsnet's video above and Vrbata's agent, the forward has been told he will play with Vancouver's lightning twins, Daniel and Henrik Sedin.
And judging by this first highlight, Canucks fans are already familiar with him:
Vrbata Goes Top Shelf:
Vrbata Scores Hat Trick vs Anaheim:
Vrbata Sets Up Martin Hanzal:
Yandle Sets Up Vrbata:
Vrbata Powerplay Goal vs St. Louis:
All Goals, 2011-12 Season:
Vrbata Flips a One-Timer Past Dubnyk: