Blue Jackets reward Vermette
The Columbus Blue Jackets must have liked what they saw from Antoine Vermette.
The 27-year-old forward, acquired from Ottawa at the trade deadline last March, has signed a five-year extension with the Blue Jackets.
"We are pleased that Antoine has made this commitment to the Blue Jackets," GM Scott Howson said Tuesday in a statement. "His two-way game and versatility make him a good fit for our hockey club."
Financial terms weren't immediately disclosed, but multiple media reported Vermette will receive $18.75 million US over the five years.
"He is thrilled to be with the Blue Jackets long term," Vermette's agent, Allan Walsh, said via Twitter.
Vermette, who was slated to become a free agent after this season, seemed to discover his scoring touch upon arriving in Columbus late last season, notching seven goals in 17 games to help the Jackets secure their first playoff berth in franchise history. In 62 games with Ottawa, he had 28 points (nine goals).
Vermette's most productive campaign came in 2007-08, when he notched career highs with 53 points and 24 goals for the Senators.