It's looking like Maxime Villemaire’s days with the Saint John Sea Dogs are over. He tweeted this earlier today.
First NHL contract with #coyotes de phéonix— maxime villemaire (@villemaire19) June 28, 2012
Mikael Lalancette of TVA Sports has more on the signing.
Being pro eligible this season, Villemaire will likely play for the American Hockey League’s Portland Pirates or the East Coast Hockey League’s Gwinnett Gladiators.
The Sea Dogs acquired Villemaire in a trade with the Drummondville Voltigeurs during the holiday trading period. He proved to be a valuable part of the Dogs much like Alexandre Beauregard was the year before.
He was only in Saint John for a few months but managed to have one of the most bizarre Sea Dogs careers ever. He played his first game with the Dogs on January 4 against Gatineau and scored a goal. He then left the club to think about his future and did not return to action until February 3. As it turned out, Villemaire did not sign his player card prior to playing in that game against the Olympiques and the Dogs were stripped of a – at the time – crucial win/two points.
Villemaire played 16 games with Saint John during the regular season, registering eight goals and three assists. He added another three helpers in 13 playoff games as he helped the Sea Dogs capture the President’s Cup.
The Lasalle, Quebec native played one-and-a-half seasons with Drummondville before being traded to Saint John.