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Vermette signs Two-Year deal with Ducks

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Veteran had been bought out by Arizona earlier this summer


ANAHEIM, CA-Exactly two weeks ago, the Arizona Coyotes surprised many by buying out veteran center Antoine Vermette. The 34-year-old, though, didn’t have to wait long to land on his feet, and did so within the division.

Vermette signed a two-year deal with the division rival Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday, reportedly worth $3.5 million.

Vermette played in 76 games with the Coyotes last season, registering 17 goals and 38 points. It was his second go-around with Arizona. He had spent four-plus seasons in the desert before being traded to the Chicago Blackhawks at the 2015 trade deadline, going on to win the Cup with Chicago that year. He returned to Arizona as a free agent last summer.

In 910 career games, Vermette has tallied 211 goals and 471 points. He’s added 13 goals and 25 points in 78 career playoff games.

Even though this is going to be his first time playing with the Ducks, Vermette already has a bit of history with the team.

The Quebec native was part of the Ottawa Senators team that lost to Anaheim in the 2007 Stanley Cup Final. He was also part of the Blackhawks team that defeated the Ducks in the 2015 Western Conference Final, scoring the game-winning double overtime goal in Game 4 of that series.

A second-round pick in the 2000 NHL Draft, Vermette will bring some valuable depth to the Ducks. With center Nate Thompson already out until the beginning of next year with an Achilles injury, expect to see Vermette in the middle on Anaheim’s fourth line.

He should also help their possession numbers as he has a face-off winning percentage of 55.8%, second among all active NHL players, during his 12-year career.