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Coyotes Acquire Vermette From Columbus

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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.

The 29-year-old native of St. Agapit, Quebec has appeared in 42 career NHL playoff games collecting 4-4-8. During the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs, Vermette appeared in 20 games with Ottawa and recorded 2-3-5 in helping lead the Senators to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Last season Vermette posted 19-28-47 in 82 games with the Blue Jackets. He recorded career highs in goals (27), assists (38) and points (65) during the 2009-10 season with Columbus. He was originally drafted by Ottawa in the second round (55th overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

The 6-foot-2, 197-pound McElhinney has played in two games with the Coyotes this season, posting a 1-0-0 record with a 1.67 goals against average and a .944 save percentage. The 28-year-old native of Calgary, Alberta has appeared in 25 games with the Portland Pirates (AHL) this season, registering a 10-13-0-0 record with a 3.04 goals against average and a .907 save percentage. He was originally drafted by the Calgary Flames in the sixth round (176th overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
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