NHL analyst Craig Button joined NHL Live to evaluate forwards who could be on the trading block with the NHL Trade Deadline drawing closer.
Arizona Coyotes center Antoine Vermette remains an attractive candidate prior to the March 2 deadline. Vermette has 13 goals and 35 points in 58 games and is adept at winning faceoffs. The question with Vermette, scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent, is whether a team would acquire him as a rental or look to sign him long-term.
"Certain teams that may feel that they cannot get into the free-agent market, or significantly into big deals at the draft, may be looking at Antoine Vermette," Button said. "But for me, his real value is coming to a team that's close up to the [NHL salary cap] and needs a really good boost of a player, an injection of that type that can really bolster their chances not only to get into the [Stanley Cup Playoffs] but once they're in the playoffs.
"I think a team would be more willing to pay maybe not a premium price but certainly a price that would help them not have to get up against the cap either this year or next year with a long-term contract."