The Ottawa Senators continue their busy morning as they have shipped forward Antoine Vermette to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for goaltender Pascal LeClaire and a second round draft pick.
The 26-year old Vermette had long been a part of the trade rumour mills in Ottawa. He had 9 goals and 19 assists in 62 games this season for the Senators, after scoring 24 goals last year.
The native of St-Agapit, Quebec was chosen by Ottawa in the third round of the 2000 entry draft. He is signed through next season, where he will make $3 million before he becomes eligible for unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2010.
Vermette is an excellent penalty killer with great speed and could easily fit into the Jackets top-six forwards.
Meanwhile LeClaire found himself the odd man out in Columbus thanks to the emergence of rookie netminder Steve Mason.
The 26-year old LeClaire signed a three-year, $11.4 million contract with the Blue Jackets this past summer after enjoying a breakout season last year.
In 12 games for the Jackets this season, the Repentigny, Quebec native has posted a 4-6-1 record with a .867 save percentage and a 3.83 goals against average. He should be able to compete for the number one goaltender slot with rookie Brian Elliot next season.