Vrbata traded back to Coyotes
The Phoenix Coyotes reacquired Radim Vrbata from the Tampa Bay Lightning for fellow forward Todd Fedoruk and defenceman David Hale on Tuesday.
Vrbata, 28, signed a three-year, $9-million US contract with the Lightning on July 1, 2008, but it proved an uncomfortable fit from the start.
He posted just three goals and three assists for six points in 18 games before bolting for the Czech Republic.
The previous season, he set career highs with 27 goals and 56 points in 76 games with the Coyotes.
"We are very excited to bring Radim Vrbata back to Phoenix," Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said in a statement. "He had a career year for us in 2007-08 and is a talented forward who can help us offensively next season."
Vrbata has totalled 105 goals and 232 points in 440 NHL games since he was drafted in the seventh round (212th overall) by the Colorado Avalanche in 1999.
He has also played for the Carolina Hurricanes and Chicago Blackhawks.
Fedoruk, 30, has chalked up 29 goals and 91 points in 495 games over eight NHL seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild and Coyotes.
The Redwater, Alta., native was a seventh-round pick (164th overall) of the Flyers in 1997.
Hale, 28, was drafted 22nd overall by the New Jersey Devils in 2000.
He has played 263 games in the NHL, compiling three goals and 20 points for the Devils, Calgary Flames and Coyotes.
With files from The Associated Press