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  • Antoine Vermette's glass case of emotion

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy1 hr ago

    Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman went all in at the trade deadline. He made some odd moves (Kimmo Timonen) and a few that made sense.

    Of the latter, he acquired Antoine Vermette to sure up the 'Hawks down the middle. Perhaps in preparation for a series like the one he's playing in now against Anaheim's two Ryans.

    In order to get pending UFA from the Arizona Coyotes, Bowman had to pay a steep, steep price. Chicago parted with their 2015 first round pick and heralded prospect pick Klas Dalbeck. In return, they received a prized rental center who had 35 points in 63 games with the fledgling Coyotes.

    Instead of lighting up the Blackhawks, Vermette sputtered recording only 3 assists in 19 games. His lack of offense bled into the playoffs with 2-points through 10 games played.

    Following the marathon triple overtime Game 2, where Vermette played 21:14, the lowest time on ice of the forwards, he learned he would be scratched for Game 3. Naturally he was not thrilled with the decision and his emotion took over.

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