The Columbus Blue Jackets
have signed center Antoine Vermette
to a five-year contract extension which begins in 2010-11 and continues through the 2014-15 season.
Vermette, 27, has scored 87 goals and 93 assists with 213 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus-16 plus/minus rating in 376 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and Ottawa Senators
. He scored 16-25-41, 50 penalty minutes and was minus-7 in 79 games with Columbus and Ottawa in 2008-09, including 7-6-13, eight penalty minutes and plus-5 in 17 games as a Blue Jacket. He also finished the season ranked sixth in the NHL in faceoff percentage at 57.7 percent.
Vermette was acquired by Columbus from Ottawa in exchange for goaltender Pascal Leclaire
and a second round pick in the 2009 Entry Draft on Mar. 4, 2009.
Vermette was Ottawa's second pick, No. 55, in the 2000 Entry Draft. He spent nearly seven years in the Senators organization and scored 64-61-125 in 240 games with the club between 2005-08, including a career-high 24-29-53 in 81 games in 2007-08. In 2006-07, he notched 19-20-39 in 77 games and added 2-3-5 in 20 playoff games to help Ottawa reach the Stanley Cup Final. He has appeared in 42 career Stanley Cup playoff games, tallying 4-4-8 and 28 penalty minutes.