apperantly people don't know vrbata has over a point per game this year and is on pace for 91 pts. not that he will hold that pace, but he has played well as a blackhawk. the few times i've seen the hawks play this year, vrbata looks like one of their better offensive weapons.
his value is not going to be high because of his inconsistent past, so i'd say the hawks just keep him. but from the panthers, i'd offer a second round pick and a depth player (greg campbell? ric jackman?)
A bag of used old and ragged practice pucks... Thats about all he was worth when he got sent there.... It is good to see him doing well there though
You are quick to diss your former superstar, Bates Battaglia! Or did you not know that Radim Vrbata was traded straight accross for Bates? Oh and BTW, it was not because Radim was playing poorly, it was because the former marginal NHL thug, Tony Granato,(Who was the coach at the time) thought the Avs needed more "grit" for the playoff run.
Actually it was more like Babchuk for Radim Vrbata and Danny Richmond. I still think it's a fair trade for Carolina, but if Danny Richmond pans out into what he was projected to be then Chicago walks with this one.
However, Radim Vrbata is the type of perimeter player that wasn't going to have success in Laviolette's hard forechecking system, so he was the odd man out. At the time of the trade, I doubted Laviolette's vision but it really all came together once Vrbata was sent packing. He's an excellent player with a great skill set, but a forechecker he is not. Carolina stiffled his offensive production with a trap coach in Paul Maurice and a hard forechecking coach in Laviolette. Both diminished his icetime.
In the wide open system, or lack of a system thereof, in Chicago Vrbata has been given the keys back to the Ferrari of his skill set and it's paying dividends on the score sheet. That was to be expected. However, any potential trading partner must be aware that Vrbata is more of a pure talent than can't be reigned in by a system of any sort. He reminds me of a Jan Hlavac in that sense.