In a surprise move today it was announced, over twitter of course, that the Phoenix Coyotes have acquired Columbus Blue Jackets Center Antoine Vermette in exchange for Portland Pirates goalie Curtis McElhinney, a 2012 second round draft pick and a 2013 fifth round draft pick. The 2012 draft pick may look familiar, the Yotes acquired it in the Turris trade, hopefully that trade will be the gift that keeps on giving. This was a bit of a surprising move, some people speculated that the Coyotes would remain relatively quiet this year, the team is winning so it was speculated that there would be no need to make changes to the lineup, but we all new that Columbus would be sellers this year, with their terrible record and being last place in the league.
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So here's a little background information on Vermette. He has a five-year, $18.75 million contract which he is in the second year of. He is 29, this is his 8th season with the NHL and has played for Columbus and the Ottawa Senators. He spent the 2004-2005 season in the AHL with the Binghamton Senators. He has playoff experience, which is going to be needed if the Coyotes continue to play like this. He has played in 42 games and was with the Senators in the Stanley Cup Final in 2006-2007, he also had a game winning goal with Ottawa in the 2005-2006 season. He was 3rd with the Blue Jackets in points this season, 8th in goals, so he is going to be bringing some offense to the table, however he was tied for first with game winning goals at 3.
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Antoine Vermette will hopefully fit nicely with the Coyotes system, he hasn't had great numbers in Columbus this season but honestly who has? The Coyotes have been looking for a center who can bring some offense and we may be looking at him here, hopefully he is a final piece of the puzzle we need to get deep into the playoffs.
The Coyotes will now be playing with centers Daymond Langkow, Martin Hanzal, Boyd Gordon, and now Antoine Vermette, which is a strong group, this also means that Alexandre Bolduc is likely to be going back to the AHL soon. So in conclusion we would like to thank Columbus for continuing to help us out, they beat San Jose last night and they gave us a new center. Columbus the team that keeps on giving.
You can head over to The Cannon for their take on the trade.