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Anaheim Ducks sign Vermette for 2 years, $3.5 million

August 15, 2016 GMT
FILE - In this March 12, 2016, file photo, Arizona Coyotes' Antoine Vermette (50) celebrates a goal scored on Edmonton Oilers' goalie Cam Talbot (33) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Edmonton, Alberta. Vermette has agreed to a two-year, $3.5 million contract with the Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim announced the deal Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
FILE - In this March 12, 2016, file photo, Arizona Coyotes' Antoine Vermette (50) celebrates a goal scored on Edmonton Oilers' goalie Cam Talbot (33) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Edmonton, Alberta. Vermette has agreed to a two-year, $3.5 million contract with the Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim announced the deal Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Veteran forward Antoine Vermette has agreed to a two-year, $3.5 million contract with the Anaheim Ducks.

Anaheim announced the deal Monday.

The former Stanley Cup champion spent last season with the Arizona Coyotes, getting 17 goals and 21 assists. The Coyotes bought out the remaining $3.75 million on Vermette’s contract earlier this month, making him a free agent.

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Vermette has scored 471 points in 910 NHL games with four franchises, establishing a reputation as a steady two-way center with a knack for big goals. He scored the double-overtime playoff winner for the eventual champion Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Ducks in 2015.

Vermette will fill a gap left by Nate Thompson, whose torn Achilles tendon will keep him out for several more months.

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