02/28/2015 9:15 PM
Photo by Todd Reicher
Chicago, Ill. - The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have acquired forward Antoine Vermette from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for defenseman Klas Dahlbeck and a first-round selection in the 2015 National Hockey League Draft.
Dahlbeck, 23, netted one goal in four games with Chicago this season after making his NHL debut on Dec. 6, 2014, at Nashville. He has 10 points (4G, 6A) over 49 games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League this season.
Rockford's co-Best Defenseman from a season ago has compiled 15 goals and 36 assists over the course of three seasons with the IceHogs. The Kathrineholm, Sweden, native was drafted by Chicago in the third round (79th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.
Vermette, 32, has recorded 430 points (194G, 236A) in 815 career NHL games over 11 season with Ottawa, Columbus and Arizona, in addition to 18 points (9G, 9A) in 58 career Stanley Cup Playoff appearances. His 35 points (13G, 22A) in 63 games played lead all Arizona forwards this season. Vermette’s 56.0 faceoff win percentage is eighth best in the NHL this season.
The St. Agapit, Quebec, native owns the NHL’s second-longest active consecutive games played streak at 456 games. The Coyotes named Vermette Team MVP after he led the team with 24 goals last season.
Next Home Game: Friday, Mar. 6 vs. Oklahoma City at 7 p.m. The IceHogs complete their season series with the Barons as Oklahoma City returns to the BMO for Rockford Hockey Club Night. Rockford will be recognizing youth hockey in the community by wearing specialty Rockford Hockey Club sweaters during the game.