TSN is reporting the Phoenix Coyotes have acquired center Antoine Vermette from the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets will receive a pair of draft picks. A second round pick in 2012 and a fifth round choice in 2013, as well as a minor league player. The Columbus Dispatch is reporting the player to be goaltender Curtis McElhinney.
Not the goaltending they need for improvement, then again is this a surprise from this Jackets front office? Vermette has eight goals and 19 assists in 60 games for the Blue Jackets, but has six seasons of at least 16 goals on his resume, plus 42 games of playoff experience with the Senators and Blue Jackets.
Vermette also was part of the 2007 Senators team that played in the Stanley Cup Final.
Sitting at the bottom of a tight Western Conference, the Phoenix Coyotes could use a player like Vermette. Not sure how effective he will be this season for the Yotes.
As for the Blue Jackets, this move confirms they are rebuilding this team starting with the draft and probably a lot of offseason moves. A few of which include Jeff Carter, Rick Nash and R.J. Umberger.
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