Apr 2, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Vancouver Canucks right wing Radim Vrbata (17) with the puck during the first period against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
It was a rough few days of trades for then-Chicago General Manger Dale Tallon. It’s weird because a couple of not-so-great trades preceded the birth of the current Blackhawks, beginning the end of the “Dark Ages.” So, I guess this means not all the Blackhawks’ bad trades were that bad.
Anywho, the Blackhawks acquired Vrbata from the Carolina Hurricanes during the 2005-06 season. Poor Radim…
Those Hurricanes that traded him in the middle of the 05-06 season went on to win the Stanley Cup. Vrbata ended up playing well in the irrelevance that was the “Dark Ages” of the Blackhawks, with 34 points in 35 games in his time with Chicago that season.
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Vrbata wouldn’t play as well in 2006-07 and would ultimately get shipped out just before the 2007-08 season (during which the aforementioned debuts of Toews and Kane occurred). He would be dealt to the Phoenix Coyotes for Adams.
Adams would play 27 games for the Blackhawks in 2007-08 and record a whopping two assists. He would never again play in the NHL.
Vrbata, on the other hand, would record 56 points in 76 games for the Coyotes in 07-08. He would play one injury-shortened season for the Tampa Bay Lighting in 2009-2010 and then re-sign with the Coyotes, where he would play until 2013-14.
This past season, Vrbata recorded 63 points in 79 games for the Vancouver Canucks. Vrbata has been a solid top-six forward for the past eight seasons. All of that for 27 games of Kevyn Adams. Damn!
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