'I'm going to miss Ottawa'

Senators centre Antoine Vermette has been traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets. (Sun Media/Andre...

Senators centre Antoine Vermette has been traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets. (Sun Media/Andre Forget)

DON BRENNAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:12 PM ET

Antoine Vermette's eyes watered as he started answering the questions in his native tongue this morning at Scotiabank Place.

"It's not an easy thing," the Senators centre said earlier, in English, of the deadline trade that sent him to the Columbus Blue Jackets. "It doesn't matter how many times your name has been in the rumours the last couple of years. It doesn't make you 100 per cent prepared for that kind of situation.

"It's tough. You've got to see the guys, say hi, but at the same time there's so many things going on. You're a little overwhelmed."

Vermette, a former second round pick who many believed underachieved with 80 goals and 87 assists in 359 career games as a Senator, was dealt for goalie Pascal Leclaire and a second round pick.

Leclaire, who is out with an ankle injury, was picked eighth overall by the Blue Jackets in 2001.

"You've got to see it as a good opportunity on my side," said the 26-year-old Vermette, who is also considered one of the NHL's top face-off men. "I look forward to joining these guys, even though at the same time you're leaving a team that drafted me, I grew up with a lot of guys in this organization.

"I'm going to miss Ottawa. I feel like it's part of my home here."


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