In their continuing quest to add young forwards with scoring ability, the Coyotes have landed right wing Radim Vrbata.
Phoenix acquired the 26-year-old from Chicago on Saturday in exchange for checking-line center Kevyn Adams.
Vrbata tallied a career high 27 assists in 77 games for the Blackhawks last season and finished second on the team in points with 41.
With those credentials, Vrbata will likely play on one of Phoenix’s top two lines.
His addition also helps the Coyotes’ bottom line. Vrbata, who is under contract for one more season, will make $1.225 million, close to double what Adams is signed for ($650,000). That inches Phoenix’s payroll closer to the $34.3 million salary cap floor, but still leaves it around $4 million short.
Vrbata has been in the NHL for four seasons and has also spent time with Carolina. From 2003 to ’05, he and Adams were teammates with the Hurricanes.
Adams, 32, was acquired in January from Carolina for defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and signed a one-year extension in February. In 33 games with Phoenix, Adams collected one goal and eight points.
During the offseason, the Coyotes placed him on waivers, but he went unclaimed.