The Olympic break came at a bad time for Antoine Vermette of the Phoenix Coyotes. The 31-year-old forward has 37 points on the year for the Desert Dogs, but has racked up 13 of those over his last 10 games. That’s the longest point streak of his career, and it’s unfortunate that the Winter Games cut into his momentum.
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That puts Vermette on pace for a 52-point season. He hasn’t posted that many points since the 2009-10 campaign, when he popped in 27 goals and added 38 assists while playing with the Columbus Blue Jackets. On a team that sometimes struggles to score like the Coyotes, a streak like Vermette’s is a welcome pop in production.
On top of being one of Phoenix’s offensive leaders, the center has also been one of the top faceoff men in the NHL all season long, and is among the more underrated threats in the league at any given time. This recent outburst comes at a great time for Vetmette, as his current five-year, $$18.75 million contract expires at the end of the season.
His cap hit of $3.75 is one of the better bargains in the league right now, but general manager Don Maloney will have to step up to the plate a bit if he wants to keep Vermette in the fold.
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