Breaking down the Vermette trade, saying goodbye, and more...
On Saturday night The Chicago Blackhawks acquired centreman Antoine Vermette from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for a 2015 first-round pick and American Hockey League defenseman Klaus Dahlbeck. There really will be no trades left to occur on Monday's deadline, it seems.
Vermette, 33, is a pending unrestricted free agent and was very probably the top player available - at least in terms of reputation - on the market.
From the Coyotes perspective, this deal is a no-brainer. Vermette is aging and losing his fastball, and recouping a first-round pick and a prospect in a trade for him is just good business.
Consider that the Coyotes acquired Vermette from the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2012 at the absolute low ebb of his value. Riding some brutal percentages, Vermette had managed just eight goals in 60 g