Canucks forward Radim Vrbata jokes: ‘I don’t know if I will ever score again’

Radim Vrbata is still struggling to find the scoring ease he enjoyed last season.
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Canucks forward Radim Vrbata led the team in goals last year with 31 tallies, 11 more than his closest competition in forward Daniel Sedin (20 goals). But Vrbata is experiencing the total opposite of that success this season; he does not have a single point through the first six games of the year.

“I don’t know if I will ever score again, but I will keep trying, I guess,” Vrbata told the Vancouver Province. “If you don’t have chances, you get frustrated by not having chances and when you get the chances you want and it doesn’t go in, it makes it frustrating. Especially early in the season when you’re just looking for that first one to get going.”

Vrbata is in a contract year, as his two-year, $10 million deal will expire at the end of the season. Usually, that pressure causes players to produce in an effort to get a bigger payday. But given Vrbata's age (34 years old), any perceived deficiency will definitely hurt him come contract time.

Of course there is plenty of time left for Vrbata to put up another strong season, but the longer his scoring drought continues, the more frustrated the forward is bound to become. 

(h/t Vancouver Province)

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