The arrival of Alex Tanguay in a trade has been great for the offensive production of Antoine Vermette, observes Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic:
Vermette’s surge coincides with Tanguay’s addition to the lineup after the veteran was acquired in a trade from the Avalanche on Feb. 29. The two have combined for 17 points in their first six games together.
“We see the game in a similar way,” Tanguay said. “We like to have the puck. We like to make quick passes and from there, I think we’ve been able to find each other at a consistent level. I still think they’ll be improvement in our games as we go along here. It’s only been six games, and I think that we’ll be able to accomplish some nice things. He’s a very good player. He’s a very smart player. He plays very well both sides with and without the puck, and we kind of know where we’re at so it’s been going well.”
Vermette has seven goals since February. Tanguay will be a free agent after this season. He was traded at the deadline from the Colorado Avalanche with Kyle Wood and Connor Bleackley for Mikkel Boedker.