Coyotes bring back Vrbata on 1-year deal

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have brought back forward Radim Vrbata on a one-year contract.

Vrbata, 35, spent the past two seasons with the Vancouver Canucks after playing six of the previous seven with the Coyotes.

Arizona general manager John Chayka made the announcement Tuesday. Chayka called the 6-foot-1, 194-pounder a proven goal-scorer who adds ''skill and smarts'' to the lineup.

Vrbata had 13 goals and 14 assists last season after scoring 31 for Vancouver in 2013-14. In 934 games, Vrbata has 259 goals and 295 assists for the Colorado Avalanche, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Coyotes, Lightning and Canucks.

The Czech native was the 212th pick of the Avalanche in the 1999 draft.

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