well tocchet knows all about radim and if there's a role for him on the team tocchet's the man who'd have to find it....not to say the financial side is irrelevant, but i'd imagine that if toc believed he could be a big part of our success, we wouldn't be trying to offload him this aggressively, we'd be more coy and hold out for more value instead of a screaming "for sale" sign before he sets foot in the country.
I'd like to see him a get a chance to "redeem" himself but I do agree that he might not be Tocs type of player. I think Tocchet is looking for the same type of player he was - one that would dirty his nose and Radim stood around alot and watched. Kinda like Mahalik (sp?)...
Toward that end, Lawton said he has given Evans permission to search the league for a team that will pick up Vrbata's contract that pays $3 million for the next two years.
"He won't fit into our plans," Lawton said. "There won't be a roster spot for him. He has the right to come back and if he wants to he can, and he'll end up in Norfolk."
If he does, Vrbata will still be paid $3 million, he just won't count toward Tampa Bay's salary cap number.
Vrbata was a disappointment last season after signing a three-year, $9 million free agent contract. He had three goals and six points in 18 games for the Lightning before returning to his native Czech Republic to finish out the season. Evans said that decision was Vrbata's and was fueled by the difficult pregnancy of Vrbata's wife, Petra, who in March gave birth to a healthy son, Krystof.
Vrbata had 12 goals, 17 points in 18 games for two different teams in the Czech Republic's elite league. The bonus for the Lightning was that Vrbata stopped receiving checks from Tampa Bay while he was in Europe and saved the team both straight payroll and salary cap money.