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It appears as if the Phoenix Coyotes just announced themselves as buyers for the upcoming trade deadline. Earlier today, the Coyotes announced they have acquired veteran center Antoine Vermette, from the Blue Jackets in exchange for goaltender Curtis McElhinney, a second-round draft pick and a conditional fifth-round pick. It would have been ludicrous to consider the Coyotes as buyers just a few short weeks ago, however, an 8-1-1 record over the course of the past month could change things now, can't it? When the Coyotes started their torrid pace at the end of January, they sat in 12th place in the Western Conference, and fourth in the Pacific Division--eight points behind division-leading San Jose. Fast forward three weeks, and the Coyotes are tied with the Sharks for first place, and seventh in the West. The 29-year-old Vermette, although experiencing a down year as far as offensive production is concerned, should help the Coyotes' offense down the middle. Not only is ...
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