The Arizona Coyotes need to figure things out. Out of the discussion for the playoffs, now is their prime time to make some moves and think about their future.
Eyes are all over Arizona as they have many guys to offer as trade bait, such as Martin Hanzal, Radim Vrbata, Shane Doan and Michael Stone, among others.
Vrbata is a professional when it comes to the trade market. The 35-year-old right wing has played 15 seasons in the NHL, with six different hockey clubs. While he would like to stay in Arizona, he is being realistic and open-minded come the deadline.
"There's no protection in my contract so you have to expect everything," Vrbata told Arizona Sports 98.7FM on Tuesday. "You have no control over it."
A veteran guy like Vrbata is a great asset to have. His performance is impressive this season, although the team has had a disappointing season; he leads the Coyotes in points, goals and assists.
Vrbata has a salary cap hit of only $1 million, which would make him an affordable rental for multiple teams around the league. Interested teams reportedly include Washington, San Jose, Pittsburgh, Ottawa, New York, Columbus and Chicago.
There is one caveat.
Vrbata has bonuses attached to his salary dependent on the number of goals he scores, games played, and playoff success. Although, at a $1 million dollar cap hit, teams can afford to pay those bonuses if need be.