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Welcome back! Arizona Coyotes sign forward Radim Vrbata

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Posted at 11:22 AM, Aug 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-16 15:17:48-04

After days of speculation that Radim Vrbata was returning to the Valley, the Arizona Coyotes made it official Tuesday, announcing the signing of the veteran forward to a 1-year contract.

"I'm very excited to rejoin the Coyotes," the 35-year-old Vrbata said in a statement. "My family and I love living in Arizona and I'm really looking forward to helping this team win."

This will be Vrbata's third stint in the desert. He tallied 27 goals and 29 assists for the Coyotes in 2007-08 before signing with the Tampa Bay Lightning as a free agent. He rejoined the Coyotes in 2009-10 and remained in AZ for five seasons, scoring a career-high 35 goals in 2011-12.

Vrbata has played for the Vancouver Canucks for the last two seasons. He notched 13 goals and 14 assists in 63 games last season.