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Columbus trades Antoine Vermette to Phoenix

Per TSN’s Bob McKenzie:

CBJ trades Antoine Vermette to PHX. #tsn
Hearing a pair of draft picks are going from PHX to CBJ for Vermette. Details to follow.
PHX is also including a minor league player off their Portland farm team with the two draft picks to CBJ for Antoine Vermette. #tsn
Vermette has another three years left on his contract at $3.75M per year. #tsn

Update: Per the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline:

#CBJ get a 2nd round pick this year (prev. Ottawa’s) and a 5th in 2013, which goes to a fourth if Coyotes win a playoff round.
#CBJ also get G Curtis McElhinney in the deal.

Here’s the Coyotes’ press release:

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have acquired center Antoine Vermette (AN-twuhn, vuhr-MEHT) from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a second-round draft choice in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft (acquired from Ottawa), a fifth-round draft choice in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and goaltender Curtis McElhinney. 

“We are extremely pleased to acquire Antoine,” Maloney said. “He is a smart, skilled, two-way center who will be a great addition to our lineup.”

The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Vermette has recorded 8-19-27 in 60 games this season for the Blue Jackets. In 600 career NHL games with Columbus and the Ottawa Senators he has posted 141-178-319.

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At this rate of salary acquisition by the NHL coyotes, Nashville fans probably wish the league owned their team as well.

Posted by 11B3PF7 in MN on 02/22/12 at 04:35 PM ET

Moq's avatar

Phoenix is on a predetermined budget and has made a handful of trades or waiver additions so far this season. Hardly worth the aggravation.

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 02/22/12 at 05:26 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Yotes just got stronger in the centerman position.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 02/22/12 at 06:34 PM ET

DocF's avatar

Quebec just got Vermette for essentially nothing.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 02/22/12 at 07:37 PM ET


I’m starting to think Nash stays everyone else goes.

Posted by 13 user names on 02/22/12 at 08:50 PM ET


Exactly the type of guy that flourishes in the Desert.

Posted by larry from pitt on 02/22/12 at 10:23 PM ET

Primis's avatar

I think it’s an overreaction to call PHX a winner right yet.  Vermette has not been so great the past couple of seasons, and honestly I don’t see what hole he fills on the PHX roster.

Posted by Primis on 02/23/12 at 10:22 AM ET


I don’t see what hole he fills on the PHX roster.

Posted by Primis on 02/23/12 at 07:22 AM ET

Phoenix has needed another center all season. With Kyle Turris not working out (that second round pick was part of Ottawa’s deal for him), they have Hanzal, Gordon, Lankow, and Chipchura. Depth after that is pretty inexperienced, They have Andy Miele, but he hasn’t been called back up since November. Marc-Antoine Pouliot hasn’t been back up either. Chipchura wont lose his roster spot though, He’ll probably be slid over to wing until Taylor Pyatt returns. 

With all the injuries, I honestly see them in the market for a defenseman, but GMDM said he likes the team, and chemistry, and doesn’t want to take a roster player from the mix.

They we’re at the 50 contract limit, that’s why Curtis McElhinney had to go.

Posted by aaron in phoenix from Section 102 on 02/23/12 at 12:44 PM ET

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