Vrbata said he never wanted to leave Arizona, but is more concerned with his own game than his old team.
"It's not so much about me proving something to them," said Vrbata, who missed the past two games with an undisclosed lower-body injury. "I left them on good terms."
Vrbata made it clear he preferred not to leave at all, saying he and the Coyotes talked about a contract extension before and during last season. He even circled back after becoming a free agent this summer before signing a two-year, $10-million contract with the Canucks.
"I was looking for the next best choice and it was Vancouver," he said.