The Ducks have signed center Antoine Vermette to a two-year contract through the 2017-18 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Vermette, 34 (7/20/82), has scored 211-260=471 points with 546 penalty minutes (PIM) in 910 career NHL games with Ottawa, Columbus, Phoenix/Arizona and Chicago. A veteran of 78 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, Vermette helped lead the Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup championship in 2015 and the Senators to a Stanley Cup Final appearance against the Ducks in 2007. Since making his NHL debut with Ottawa in 2003-04, Vermette ranks second among all active NHL players in faceoff win percentage at 55.8% (min. 13,000 FO) and fifth in faceoff wins (7595). He has posted a faceoff win percentage of 50.0% or higher in 11 consecutive seasons and ranked in the NHL’s top 10 for faceoff leaders in each of the last four seasons.
Selected by Ottawa in the second round (55th overall) of the 2000 NHL Draft, Vermette scored 17-21=38 points with 93 PIM in 76 games with Arizona last season. Vermette led the Coyotes in faceoff wins (754) and paced team forwards in blocked shots (57). The 6-1, 200-pound center led Arizona in scoring, goals and power-play points (2-3=5) from Mar. 1 through the end of the regular season, collecting 7-7=14 points with a +6 rating and 41 PIM in 19 games.