FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed center Antoine Vermette to a two-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
“We are thrilled to bring Antoine back to Arizona," said Maloney. "Antoine is a very good two-way center and one of the NHL's best face-off men. He is a great person, a great teammate, and a strong leader. We are extremely happy to have him rejoin the Coyotes."
The 32-year-old Vermette registered 13-25-38 and 40 penalty minutes (PIM) in 82 games with the Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks last season. He ranked 13th in the NHL with a 55.3 face-off percentage (FO%).
The 6-foot-1, 198-pound native of St. Agapit, QC added 4-3-7 and a plus-five rating in 20 postseason games with the Blackhawks. He scored three game-winning goals for Chicago during the playoffs including two in the Stanley Cup Final to help the Blackhawks defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Vermette has collected 194-239-433 and 453 PIM in 834 career NHL games including 53-58-111 and 130 PIM in 215 games with the Coyotes. He was originally drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the second round (55th overall) in the 2000 Entry Draft.