Reeling Coyotes trade Vermette to Blackhawks
BOSTON – The Arizona Coyotes suffered their ninth consecutive loss Saturday, falling 4-1 to the Boston Bruins. And after the game, the Coyotes traded away one of their best players.
Arizona shipped center Antoine Vermette to the Chicago Blackhawks, who are trying to bolster their offense in the wake of the broken collarbone suffered by Patrick Kane.
The price Chicago paid was steep for Vermette, who had 13 goals and 22 assists in 63 games for the Coyotes this season, as the Blackhawks sent top defenseman prospect Klas Dahlbeck and a first-round pick in the 2015 NHL draft to Arizona.
Vermette, 32, is his 11th NHL season and previously played for the Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets before joining the Coyotes during the 2011-12 season. One of the most sought-after targets as the NHL trade deadline approached, Vermette has 194 goals and 236 assists in 815 career games.
In Saturday's game, the Bruins won for the third time in four games as Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Zdeno Chara each had a goal and an assist.
•FLORIDA WINS IN JAGR'S DEBUT: Jaromir Jagr made his Panthers debut, and Scottie Upshall scored the go-ahead goal with 5:58 left in Florida's 5-3 victory over the visiting Sabres. Acquired from New Jersey on Thursday for two draft picks, Jgar, 43, recorded three shots in a little more than 17 minutes of ice time. "I wish I could score, but it doesn't matter, we won," Jagr said. Brandon Pirri scored twice for the Panthers, and former Gopher Nick Bjugstad scored his 22nd goal.
•PREDATORS FALL AT HOME AGAIN: Tomas Tatar broke a tie on a power play at 9:06 of the third period as the Red Wings defeated the Predators 4-3, giving Nashville its second consecutive home defeat for the first time this season. The Wild defeated the Predators on Thursday.
•CANADIENS KEEP ROLLING: Manny Malhotra scored his first goal with the Canadiens, Carey Price made 30 saves for his sixth shutout of the season, and Montreal beat the visiting Maple Leafs 4-0. David Desharnais had two goals for Montreal, which has won four in a row and 14 of 19.
•DUCKS DEAL FOR FLEISCHMANN; HEATLEY TO FLORIDA: The Ducks acquired forward Tomas Fleischmann from Florida in exchange for forward Dany Heatley and a third-round pick in this year's draft. Heatley, formerly of the Wild, was scoreless in six games with Anaheim, and hasn't been in the NHL since December.
•CAPITALS LAND GLEASON: The Capitals acquired defenseman Tim Gleason from the Hurricanes in exchange for defenseman Jack Hillen and a fourth-round draft pick.