After 42 games with the Panthers last year, Coyotes Legend Radim Vrbata has decided to retire officially. (Craig Morgan reported this would happen a long time ago, so it's not really news).
Vrbata was a really underrated player throughout his career, and I honestly never learned to spell his name properly. I guess that ship has sailed.
The former seventh round pick played 7 seasons during three different runs with the Coyotes.
He is their eighth all time scoring leader with 157 goals. He's third, however, if you don't count any Winnipeg Jets, which, they should just go ahead and give the team records back to their real franchise.
Vrbata had his best year in 11-12 when he scored 35 goals and had 62 points.
On the injury front, Galchenyuk and Josh Archibald have been placed on the IR.
Christian Dvorak and Jacob Chychrun are also not expected to be ready to start the season.
The Coyotes finished the preseason an impressive 5-1-1 after beating the Canucks on Saturday.
Do with that what you will.
The season begins Thursday @ Dallas.
The rest of the cuts and the final roster are expected tomorrow.
I am not even going to discuss how Strome was used by Tocchet in the last few preseason games. Hopefully everyone remembers his point per game average last year to end the season, and that he finished as the Coyotes highest p/minute scorer, even higher than Keller.
Not having him on the top power player unit and not giving him top ice time would be incredibly foolish.