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Blackhawks pay high price for Antoine Vermette, and he sits for opener
Blackhawks pay high price for Antoine Vermette, and he sits for opener

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — General manager Stan Bowman paid a steep price to bring Antoine Vermette to the Blackhawks in an effort to bolster the center position. The Hawks sent a 2015 first-round draft pick and prospect Klas Dahlbeck to the Coyotes on Feb. 28 for Vermette. On Wednesday night, Vermette was a healthy scratch in Game 1 of the Hawks' postseason series against the Predators at Bridgestone Arena. In 19 games with the Hawks, Vermette has managed three assists and was held off the scoresheet in the final seven contests of the regular season. “It’s one of those situations where it’s performance based,” coach Joel Quenneville said before the Hawks...

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