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by George Malik on 02/22/12 at 04:06 PM ET
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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