Vrbata will retire now that the 2017-18 season has concluded, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
After breaking into the NHL at age 20, Vrbata successfully enjoyed a long 16 year career, and just recently posted his career high of 63 points in his 2014-15 campaign with Vancouver. Vrabata will exit the league with 623 total points, with 343 of those coming in Arizona where he ranks third all time with the organization.
Vrbata was a healthy scratch for the sixth straight game for Monday's tilt with the Oilers.
The 36-year-old NHL veteran is seemingly watching his career come to an end. Vrbata has just five goals and 13 points in 35 games this season and it doesn't look like he'll see much more playing time down the stretch. He can certainly be replaced in all fantasy formats.
Vrbata scored a goal in his return from sickness against St. Louis on Tuesday.
Vrbata -- who was coming off a five-game absence due to illness -- picked up a loose puck in front of the net and wristed it top shelf past the glove hand of Blues netminder Jake Allen. While the veteran Vrbata may be slotted into a third-line role currently, he is still getting looks on the power play, which should provide additional opportunities to get on the scoresheet.
Vrbata (illness) will play Tuesday against the Blues, Steve Goldstein of Fox Sports Florida reports.
Vrbata has sat out for five games with this illness, suiting up last Dec. 23. The 36-year-old is having a clear slump after last season's 55-point effort, having just four goals and eight assists through 30 games this campaign. Vrbata has occasionally played on the power play this season, but it's unclear if he'll jump back into that role after being out of commission for over two weeks.
Vrbata (illness) could return to the lineup against the Blues on Tuesday, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Vrbata has missed five consecutive games due to his illness, but appears to be trending in the right direction. The veteran figures to take on a bottom-six role in his return, and who comes out of the lineup is still to be determined. The winger has just one goal in his previous 21 outings and could struggle to reach the 30-point mark this season, a year removed from putting up 55 points with Arizona in 2016-17.
Vrbata (illness) will miss a third straight game Tuesday against Minnesota, Matthew DeFranks of the Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
The Panthers have yet to release any details regarding a potential timetable for Vrbata's recovery, so at this point there's no telling when he might be ready to return to the lineup. The veteran winger will likely return to a bottom-six role once he's cleared to play.
Vrbata (illness) is doubtful for Saturday's tilt versus the Canadiens, per Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site.
Vrbata appears set to miss his second straight game, but is trending in the right direction and will probably be available for Tuesday's matchup with the Wild, barring a recurrence of his flu symptoms. The winger has just one goal in his previous 21 outings and seems unlikely to match his 2016-17 numbers (20 goals and 35 helpers). Once healthy to play, the veteran could find himself permanently relegated to a bottom-six role.
Vrbata is unlikely to play against the Flyers on Thursday due to illness, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
With just one point in his last 12 contests, fantasy owners are unlikely to be overly concerned with Vrbata's absence. The 36-year-old has not lived up to expectations after coming over from Arizona, where he racked up 20 goals and 35 helpers in 2016-17. At this point, the winger may be hard pressed to reach the 30-point mark, much less get back to being a 50-point producer.
Vrbata (face) is expected to play in Friday's game against the Sharks, Steve Goldstein of Fox Sports Florida reports.
Considering that Vrbata was activated from injured reserve Thursday, and he hasn't had any apparent setbacks, we're confident that you can safely deploy the shootout specialist in all fantasy leagues at this time.
Vrbata (face) was removed from injured reserve Thursday and could play against the Sharks on Friday, Matthew DeFranks of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
The Czech winger took a puck to the face on Nov. 18 and has missed the five games since. While Vrbata's status for Friday is still a question mark, he was given medical clearance Wednesday so a return to the lineup will likely come Saturday at the latest. A 20-goal scorer just a season ago, Vrbata has just three goals in 19 games thus far in 2017-18.
Vrbata (face) is still on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
Vrbata will miss a fifth consecutive game Tuesday, and the Panthers have yet to release any information regarding a potential timetable for his return to action. The veteran winger has been a solid producer for Florida this season, notching three goals and 11 points in 19 contests, so he's definitely worth holding onto in deeper fantasy formats. The Panthers should update Vrbata's status once he's able to return to practice with his teammates.
Vrbata (undisclosed) has been placed on injured reserve, Matthew DeFranks of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
The Panthers needed to clear roster space for Derek MacKenzie, who's ready to return from an undisclosed issue of his own, so the shootout specialist heads to IR with his next shot at returning now coming Monday against the Devils. If you're relying on Vrbata, however, it'll be worth checking back to see if he actually travels to New Jersey for that game or Tuesday's road clash with the Rangers.
Vrbata (undisclosed) won't be available for Wednesday's game against the Maple Leafs, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
The Panthers have yet to shed any light on the specific nature of Vrbata's injury, but he'll miss a second straight game Wednesday with his mystery ailment. Connor Brickley will continue to skate in a top-six role while Vrbata remains sidelined.
Vrbata tallied three goals -- one on the power play -- in an 8-3 victory over the Ducks on Thursday.
Oddly enough, the 36-year-old hadn't scored a goal this season before Thursday's hat trick. Vrbata now has eight points in nine games played. He'll look to keep the momentum going against Detroit on Saturday.
Vrbata picked up an assist for the third consecutive game during Thursday's win over the Blues.
The 16-year NHL veteran got the power-play helper on a Jared McCann goal during the second period and now has one assist in each game this season. Coming off a 55-point effort last year, Vrbata is in a position to have another productive year. Through three games, the 36-year-old is averaging 2:13 in power-play ice time and has logged 13 shots on goal.
Vrbata inked a one-year contract with the Panthers on Saturday that includes a $2.5 million base salary and $1.25 million in performance bonuses, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
Vrbata could earn as much as $3.75 million should he and the team reach all incentives included in his contract. With the legendary Jaromir Jagr presumably headed out of Miami, he should crack the top six alongside a group of talented young forwards. Despite playing on one of the league's worst offensive units last season, the 36-year-old winger notched 55 points (20 goals, 35 assists) with the Coyotes. The upgrade in surrounding talent could result in a further boost of his stats in 2017-18.
Vrbata remains unsigned by the Coyotes and thus will be exposed to the Vegas expansion draft, theScore reports.
Heading into his age-36 season, Vrbata's one-year deal with the Coyotes is up and he currently doesn't have a contract in place heading into 2017-18. As such, the Golden Knights may be inclined to take advantage of three days of excluive negotiating rights and sign him as one of their expansion selections. Vrbata bounced back from a poor campaign in Vancouver with 20 goals, 55 points and a healthy 233 shots on net last year in the desert.
Vrbata scored two goals -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Canucks.
Vrbata returned from a one-game absence with a pair of second-period goals, including the game-winning power-play tally. The veteran Czech winger had failed to light the lamp in his previous six appearances, but he still reached the 20-goal mark for the sixth time in his career with this performance. Arizona's leading scorer has quietly had an impressive campaign for a 35-year-old despite subpar play from his teammates.
Vrbata (lower body) will be back in action for Thursday's home game against the Cancuks, Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports reports.
Shane Doan (lower body) will also return, and having both veterans back in tow figures to give the 'Yotes a huge boost on the right wing. Vrbata should be highly motivated against his former team in this next contest. By all accounts, he's been rejuvenated away from Vancouver, fashioning a team-high 53 points after putting up a mere 27 with that club last season.
Vrbata will not play Tuesday night against the Stars due to a lower-body injury.
The Czech winger leads the Coyotes with 53 points (18 goals, 35 assists) through 79 games, making this a significant absence for the team and fantasy owners alike. It's possible that Boston University standout Clayton Keller returns to the lineup with Vrbata out.