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[Buyout] Antoine Vermette bought out


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James Mirtle ‏@mirtle
Coyotes put Antoine Vermette on waivers. Will be bought out.

Elliotte Friedman ‏@FriedgeHNIC 
Something odd today. ARIZ has put Antoine Vermette on waivers for purpose of buyout.

 

 

 

 

 

Probably one of the strangest moves of the offseason.

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It's too late to tank for your Arizona boy.

 

This is a player that would make a lot of NHL teams better.

 

Elite faceoff guy.  Good underlying numbers - solid two way player - still producing very respectable numbers. No real signs of decline.

 

Reasonable cap hit and only one year of term.

 

 WTF is this?

 

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3 minutes ago, Toews said:

I wouldn't mind Vermette tbh.

Yeah,  he is a strong face off man, so maybe he could bump Sutter to the wing with the twins. Seemed to work out last year.  Sutter takes some defensive responsibility off the twins.  Erickson could play with Vermette and Hansen?  That could be a legit second line.  

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Hard to figure - perhaps he wanted an extension, Arizona declined, and it lead to a breakdown of their relationship?

 

But still, it's hard to imagine no one would have given them at least a late pick for Vermette - particularly if they retained a bit of cap (less than a buyout and shorter term)....

 

Seems like a hair-trigger/hasty move to me, but who knows.

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If he were interested in Vancouver (I guess it doesn't matter as he's there to be claimed), he'd solidify their middle six or give them a hell of a fourth/shutdown line (but likely relegate Virtanen and Rodin)...

 

Sedin Sedin Eriksson

Baertschi Vermette Sutter

Etem Horvat Hansen

Burrows/Gaunce Granlund Dorsett

 

Moving Hansen to the 3rd line would sure give them some depth of scoring.

 

Sedin Sedin Eriksson

Baertschi Sutter Hansen

Gaunce/Granlund Horvat Etem

Burrows Vermette Dorsett

 

Or having Vermette on a depth/shutdown line - they'd sure be winning their share of faceoffs - would be difficult to play against from top to bottom - and the 3rd line would have some youth punch (and likely some easy minutes to flourish in).

 

Probably gives them even more options than a scoring winger - and nicely balances out their forward group.

If it were me, I probably make that claim, although he would take a spot from a younger player [but we're in it to win, not idle around].

 

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