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Coyotes Acquire Vermette From Columbus

Wednesday, 02.22.2012 / 11:43 AM MT / News
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Coyotes Acquire Vermette From Columbus
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. is the official Web site of the Arizona Coyotes. The Arizona Coyotes and are trademarks of IceArizona Hockey Co LLC, NHL, NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL Logos and marks NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 2016 The Arizona Coyotes and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | AdChoices | Contact Us