The Phoenix Coyotes have acquired forward Antoine Vermette from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for goaltender Curtis McElhinney, a 2012 2nd round draft pick, and a 2013 5th round draft pick.
This is a great pickup for the Coyotes. Vermette will help the Coyotes’ offense tremendously. Though he hasn’t had that productive of a year playing on the league’s worst team, Vermette has the abilities to produce. In 60 games this season, Vermette has tallied eight goals and added 19 assists for a total of 27 points. Vermette will provide depth on the Coyotes’ third line. The Coyotes are currently tied for the division lead and have a chance of finishing with the third seed in the Western Conference. They are poised to make a playoff run and Vermette is the kind of player a team needs to add for playoff success. He will also bring a leadership voice that will supplement captain Shane Doan and veterans Keith Yandle and Ray Whitney in the locker room.
The turnover of the Blue Jackets have begun with the offloading of Vermette. They acquired two draft picks and a depth goalie that will strengthen the system in the deal. They offloaded $15M worth of salary over the next four seasons as Vermette is making an average of $3.75M per season. Many people think the reformation of Columbus isn’t done as they may still trade captain Rick Nash or forward Jeff Carter. Only time will tell what will happen.
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