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The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded center Antoine Vermette to the Phoenix Coyotes for two draft picks and goaltender Curtis McElhinney.
The deal, announced on Wednesday by Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson, would give Columbus a second-round pick in the 2012 draft and a fifth-round pick in 2013. The fifth-round pick will become a fourth rounder if the Coyotes make the playoffs this season and win their first-round series.
The Blue Jackets, with the worst record in the NHL, have been trolling for trade partners for the past few weeks. Rumors have been flying about the club dealing captain Rick Nash or high-priced center Jeff Carter. Instead, for now, the Blue Jackets dealt Vermette, who has eight goals and 19 assists in 60 games this season.
McElhinney's acquisition could open the door to the team trading goalie Curtis Sanford, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He is recovering from a back injury. The Blue Jackets also have former Calder Trophy goalie Steve Mason, who has been erratic since being named the league's top rookie in 2009.
The second-round pick dealt by the Coyotes was originally acquired by Phoenix from the Ottawa Senators.
Both of the players named in the trade are 29 years old.
McElhinney has appeared in 69 career NHL games with Calgary, Anaheim, Ottawa and Phoenix, with a 19-26-4 record, a 3.09 goals-against average, a .899 save percentage and two shutouts. He was 1-0-0 with a 1.67 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage in two games with Phoenix this season, and went 10-13-0 with a 3.04 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage in 25 games with Portland of the American Hockey League.
He is rehabilitating an injury and will remain on assignment with Portland.
Vermette has 141 goals and 178 assists with 317 penalty minutes in 600 career NHL games with Ottawa and Columbus.
He was acquired by the Blue Jackets from the Senators on March 4, 2009, and appeared in 241 straight games with the club, totaling 61 goals and 91 assists with 112 penalty minutes.
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Per TSN’s Bob McKenzie:
CBJ trades Antoine Vermette to PHX. #tsn
Hearing a pair of draft picks are going from PHX to CBJ for Vermette. Details to follow.
PHX is also including a minor league player off their Portland farm team with the two draft picks to CBJ for Antoine Vermette. #tsn
Update: Per the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline:
#CBJ get a 2nd round pick this...
As I sleep so do the trades happen eh? Well always it seems. Waking up early for work and I see that a major trade went down. Fantastic. Well Iâm awake and here to post some thoughts. I had hoped he Antoine Vermette would be a guy they would target, the lack of any conceivable depth at center was apparent and they seriously need a more skilled player to center the second line...
The first Blue Jacket to fly off the racks this week was former 27-goal scorer Antoine Vermette. The handy supporting cast scorer fetched a 2012 second-round pick from Phoenix along with a fifth-round pick in 2013 goaltender Curtis McElhinney.And so the great Columbus sell-off began in earnest.“This is moving forward,” Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson said, according to the Columbus...
The Columbus Blue Jackets have started their overahul. Expected to be one of the busiest teams at the NHL trade deadline, the Jackets got things going by trading center Antoine Vermette to the Phoenix Coyotes for a pair of draft picks and goalie Curtis McElhinney. ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun reports that Columbus will receive a 2012 second rounder (originally belonging to Ottawa...
The options for the Bruins to acquire the offensive help they seek before Monday's trade deadline are dwindling. Wednesday witnessed the removal of two potential trade targets, with Columbus dealing Antoine Vermette to Phoenix and Carolina re-signing Tuomo Ruutu to a four-year extension. The Vermette deal could further limit Boston's options, as it could signal that the Coyotes...
The Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday acquired center Antoine Vermette from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a pair of draft picks and goaltender Curtis McElhinney.
The Phoenix Coyotes have acquired center Antoine Vermette from the Columbus Blue Jackets, two sources with knowledge of the deal told ESPN.com.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded center Antoine Vermette to the Phoenix Coyotes for two draft picks and goaltender Curtis McElhinney. The deal, announced on Wednesday by Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson, would give Columbus a second-round pick in the 2012 draft and a fifth-round pick in 2013.
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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 Jacke...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded center Antoine Vermette to the Phoenix Coyotes for two draft picks and goaltender Curtis McElhinney.
The NHL is a league of opportunity, and for a handful of young players on the Blue Jackets roster, the window of opportunity opened a bit wider after yesterday’s trade of Antoine Vermette to the Phoenix Co...