Vrbata to leave Lightning

"Radim is a great guy and he came into our office on Sunday morning and just told us his confidence is low and he would like to head home to the Czech Republic to finish the season," Lightning owner Oren Koules told TSN. "He just wants to take the rest of the year off (from the NHL) and try to get his game back over there. If he wants to come back next season, great. That's his call. This is all very amicable. He's a great guy who's really struggling right now."

— Bob McKenzie, TSN.ca

Vrbata's on waivers, but given the way he's played this season, no one will claim him. It's an unfortunate situation for a guy who finally broke out last year and then got his big payday, but this is the danger with rewarding a potential one-year wonder with a sizable UFA contract.

Tampa Bay has been a complete disaster this season.

Also on waivers today is Chris Gratton, whose NHL career could be over at this point. He's only 33, but had zero interest on the free agent market and hasn't had a 40-point season in nearly six years.

 



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Radim Vrbata 18 3 3 6 -1 8 1 0 0 0 41 7.3

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