Narrowing The Field
- Updated: March 2, 2009
According to a Puck-Rakers item posted a couple of hours ago, sources indicate that a deal with Ottawa may be in the works – Leclaire for Vermette. Portzline is digging for confirmation and has nothing else yet, but sources on both ends are apparently referring to the deal.
If true, this would be a hallmark deal for the Jackets. Vermette has size, speed and hands, and is a true center for your top lines. He is young and is already signed for another year. Leclaire will be a UFA after next year, is an unknown quantity after his surgery, and it was unlikely that the Jackets would want to keep both Leclaire and Mason at the required salaries.
Stay tuned. Things are getting jucier!