As predicted but not as worse as expected, Antoine Vermette was the sole Senators to be traded by GM Bryan Murray. The Sens dealt Vermette to the Columbus Blue Jackets this morning for goalie Pascal Leclaire and a second-round draft pick. The deal for Leclaire is seen as a move to try and find a No. 1 goaltender for a team that has had its share of struggles in net over the years.
Vermette, 26, has underperformed this season, with just nine goals and 28 points in 62 games. His strength is as a faceoff specialist, but the Senators felt they needed more out of the speedy centre for the $2.5 million he is being paid. Vermette is fifth in the NHL winning more than 58% of his draws.
awake online download Leclaire, 26, a native of Repentigny, Que., is in his fifth NHL season but has been out recently with an ankle injury. The knock on Leclaire has been injuries – he’s also had back and groin ailments – but he has tremendous potential according to many NHL observers.
I’m going to miss Vermette. But I do hope that Leclaire will fulfill his potential and be a top goalie in the NHL. We’re not going to the playoffs anyway, so he can use the remaining games to settle in.