Reblogged from: https://narwhalhockey.wordpress.com
For as long as they have been in the league, the Coyotes have been an underdog team. Year in and year out nobody expects anything from them, and year in and year out they deliver nothing as expected. It's safe to say at this point the fans know what they aren’t getting.
The only great season they have really had thus far was in the 2012-13 season where they somehow made the playoffs and shocked the Chicago Blackhawks (If this was Tampa I could of used a crappy pun) by defeating them in the first round and then going on to the conference finals where they were steamrolled by the LA steamrollers, or Kings.
One guy who was with the team that year was veteran forward and Ashton Kutcher/Frolik look alike, Antoine Vermette. Vermette took being eliminated to heart and felt like the team wasn’t efficient enough in setting up plays and could not score on Jonathan Quick as a direct result of that.
Vermette is a guy who loves the Coyotes, and loves playing for them, he eats, breathes, and sleeps with Coyotes. Or however that saying goes. Ultimately, his love for this team is evident in the fact that he has played with them for more than one season.
It’s been a few years now and the team is still missing the precision passing playmaker (PPP, I’m sure it’s a thing) that they did not have in the finals against LA. Vermette took note of this and had a chat with Coyotes GM Don Baloney before the most recent trade deadline. The mission was simple, get traded to the Blackhawks for a 1st round pick they could use on one of the best playmakers in the draft, and return after the season. They knew the Hawks are likely to go far and have a late pick. Nick Merkley fit the bill perfectly as far as playing style and projected draft ranking went.
However, that was only half of it, the other half was actually winning a cup. Something Vermette wanted very much and knows his Coyotes cannot do until they stop sucking, and Martin Hanzal stops hacking everyones wrists. Months after being traded, The Blackhawks were deep in the playoffs. Vermette had a strong playoffs scoring 4 goals with 3 being game winners. Vermette eventually ended up winning his first cup with the team, as Chicago won yet another Stanley Cup.
That was 3 cups in 6 years for Chicago. On July 1st it was 2 Vermettes in 3 years for Arizona. Same guy though. Just days before at the draft, The Coyotes drafted two phenomenal playmakers taking a big playmaker in Dylan Strome, with the 3rd overall pick, and a smaller playmaker super Amadeus in Nick Merkley with the infiltrated Chicago draft pick.
When asked about this top secret mission in a video interview, Antoine said he had no comment on it, and that he wanted us to call him Vermette, Antoine Vermette. He then pulled out a PP7 and shot out the camera lens.
Mission accomplished, Vermette, Antoine Vermette.