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Center Antoine Vermette retires as one of the best faceoff specialists of his generation.Vermette announced on Thursday he was calling it a career after 14 NHL seasons with the Ottawa Senators Montreal Canadiens Hoodies Authentic , Columbus Blue Jackets, Arizona Coyotes, Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks. The 36-year-old from Quebec won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2015 and most recently played for the Ducks, but he didn’t sign with a team after becoming a free agent last summer.“I am immensely grateful for all these incredible years punctuated by memorable moments that I will cherish forever,” Vermette said in a statement sent through the NHL Players’ Association. “It was a privilege sharing my daily life with teammates, to forging friendships that will endure well beyond the victories and defeats.”In the faceoff circle, Vermette had far more victories than defeats. He won 56.6 percent of his faceoffs, the ninth-best mark since the league began tracking the statistic in 1997-98.Vermette’s 8 Montreal Canadiens Hats Authentic ,948 faceoff wins are 14th-most all-time, and he led the league in faceoff percentage in his final season in 2017-18. Longtime agent Allan Walsh said Vermette constantly worked on his faceoff techniques always looking for an edge and was proud of his expertise in that department.“He was a guy that would always be relied upon to go out there in key moments of a game, especially faceoffs in the defensive zone or offensive zone to go out there and win the faceoff,” Walsh said. “We know how important possession is nowadays. Being able to control the puck on the (power play or penalty kill) or the last minute and a half of the game with a faceoff in the O-zone with the goalie on the bench is sometimes half the battle right there.”Vermette put up 228 goals and 287 assists for 515 points in 1,046 regular-season games. He had 28 points and a faceoff percentage of 57.9 during 97 playoff games and helped the Blackhawks win the Cup in 2015 after being picked up at the trade deadline.“Obviously, he played a different role based on how strong the team was and especially down the middle,” Walsh said. “He’s a guy that whether it was to be more of a two-way shutdown guy or to be counted on to provide offense, he had some years where he scored a lot of goals and put up a lot of points.”Vermette also had a 482-game ironman streak that lasted from March 2009 until October 2015. With the Ducks losing their 11th consecutive game on Sunday night Custom Montreal Canadiens Jerseys , there is speculation big changes are coming including thoughts of a new coach and trades.The Anaheim Ducks are in the middle of a free fall down the NHL standings. Losers of 11 in a row 鈥?thanks to an overtime loss on Sunday versus the Winnipeg Jets 鈥?the team is now out of the WildCard race in the Western Conference and letting teams in the Pacific Division who shouldn't be competing, compete. The Athletic鈥檚 Eric Duhatschek wrote on Friday that the team sees this is a 鈥渃ritical time鈥? If they can't right the ship, the season is lost, even if and when some of the better players who have been out of their lineup return.advertisingThe first thing that has happened in Anaheim is that blame聽has shifted towards coaching, namely head coach, Randy Carlyle. Carlyle is on his second聽tour with the聽organization and seems unable to fix the troubles plaguing the team. On paper, Anaheim should be better than they've played and his inability to shift things may just cost him his job. via anaheim callingDuhatschek also wrote that certain players may be in jeopardy of being traded. "They need to prove that this collection of the team can get it going. Otherwise, change is coming and it could start with the valuable two-way forward , Jakob Silfverberg," he explained. He added that these聽someone like Silfverberg may be "available at the deadline because he is on an expiring contract and the Ducks are deep on the right side."advertising** Update:After the Ducks 11th loss, GM Bob Murray tweeted:"While it's not my preference to make comments on this topic during the season... At this time, I am not considering a coaching change. I am more focused on our players, specifically with who is going to step up in this situaiton... we have higher expectations for this group, and they should expect more from themselves."A statement from Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray.— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) January 14, 2019What This MeansWith a couple more losses and if the players don't step up, Anaheim will have to be considered a 鈥渟eller鈥?heading into the February 25 Nashville Predators T-Shirts Authentic , 2019, trade聽deadline. Ducks' GM Bob Murray will need to consider moving impending free agents like聽Silfverberg, depth pieces from their goaltending and prospect pool and changing the coach to send a message that the results of the team simply aren't good enough.advertising


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