Narrowing The Field
By: Jeff Little • March 2nd, 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!
A native of the SF Bay Area, my first exposure to hockey was the SF/Oakland/California Golden Seals, including Charlie Finley and the white skates. Fast forward to the late 1980's when Gretzky and the Kings came up to the Bay Area for an exhibition game at the Oakland Coliseum Arena, for which we had glass seats. I was at the first San Jose Sharks game in the Cow Palace, and followed them for their first few pathetic years, before moving to Columbus in 1994. I attended the first pro-NHL rally downtown, and have been a season ticket holder since Day 1, wife & I are active in the Jacket Backers, and son is an avid fan as well. I cover the Jackets for Inside Hockey, and contribute regularly to a variety of hockey sites. I maintain contact with the Jackets organization, and like to dig into stories, bringing a fresh, and sometimes irreverent perspective to hockey.
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