Vermette gets new deal

BRUCE GARRIOCH and Ottawa Sun staff

, Last Updated: 9:23 AM ET

Antoine Vermette won't spend his birthday in an arbitration hearing after all.

The Senators winger, who was supposed to have his hearing tomorrow in Toronto, agreed to a two-year, $2-million deal with the team yesterday morning.

Vermette, who recorded 21 goals and 12 assists -- both career highs -- in 82 games with the Senators last season, will make $925,000 US next year and $1.075 million in 2007-08. He turns 24 tomorrow.

In his second full season with the Sens, Vermette also had four game-winning goals and was second in the NHL with six shorthanded tallies. He has 28 goals and 47 points in 139 career games with Ottawa.

The native of St-Agapit, Que., was selected 55th overall by the Senators in the 2000 entry draft.

Three Senators -- forwards Chris Kelly, Chris Neil and Peter Schaefer -- still have arbitration hearings scheduled.


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