Wednesday, March 4, 2009

It's Vermette!!! is reporting that the Jackets have traded Leclaire and a 2nd round pick to Ottawa for Vermette! Confirmed by Puck-Rakers and THN.
This is Vermette's fourth full year in the league, after being a 2nd round pick by Ottawa in the 2000 draft. He posted 19-20-39 in the 2005-06 season, 21-12-33 in 2006-2007 and 24-29-53 last year. He has speed, physical presence (6 ft., 200 lbs) and great hands. He has lacked solid contributors to work with on his line, and could flourish with an enhanced role.
Maybe a bit overpaid with the second pick thrown in, but kudos to Howson for getting it done!

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