The veteran center is expected to be moved before the March 2 NHL Trade Deadline, and Arizona heads out on a four-game road trip next week and won’t return home until after the deadline.
Several other Coyotes could be traded too. Forward Martin Erat and defenseman Zbynek Michalek are among those being mentioned as trade targets. But the loss of Vermette, a fan favorite and key member of Arizona’s first and only division title and first-ever run to the Western Conference Final, would be hardest for fans to swallow.
General manager Don Maloney has reiterated Arizona will be looking to acquire assets at the deadline, and the 32-year-old Vermette, whose 35 points are second on the Coyotes, plays a solid two-way game, is excellent in the face-off circle, and could be very attractive to a team looking to beef up for the stretch run and fast-approaching playoffs.