The Blackhawks have acquired Antoine Vermette from Arizona for Klas Dahlbeck and a 2015 first-round pick.
Vermette, 32, is a pending unrestricted free agent, so this is a steep price to pay for a rental. The Patrick Kane injury really forced the Blackhawks hand though. Vermette has scored 13 goals with 22 assists (35 points) in 63 games with Arizona. He is a very effective two-way forward and is excellent in the face-off circle—Vermette currently sits eighth in the NHL in face-off percentage at 56.0%.
Vermette moves from the worst team in the league to one in the middle of a playoff hunt. And while his offense is likely stifled by Dave Tippett's defensive system, Vermette already was having a down year with eight goals and 27 points in 60 games.