Vermette's deal worth $18.75 million

Updated: September 15, 2009, 2:53 PM ET
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets signed center Antoine Vermette to a five-year contract extension through the 2014-15 season.

The contract, averaging $3.75 million per year, is worth a total of $18.75 million.

Vermette, 27, had seven goals and six assists in 17 games after he was acquired from Ottawa last year in exchange for goaltender Pascal Leclaire and a second-round pick in the 2009 draft.

Vermette helped spur the Blue Jackets to the first trip to the ...

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