Vermette collected a pair of assists in a 4-1 win over Vancouver on Tuesday.
The points were his first in the eight contests since returning from a 10-game suspension for slashing an official back on Feb. 14. Vermette now has 24 points in 66 games in his first season in Anaheim, which means he's likely to finish with his lowest total in a full campaign since 2011-12 with Columbus.
Vermette was on the ice for Sunday's morning skate alongside Nick Ritchie (neck) and Corey Perry, potentially positioning him for that line during the evening's contest. The veteran forward hasn't provided a high rate of scoring this season for Anaheim, but should provide a bit of a boost to the lineup Sunday.
Vermette and the NHLPA had been lobbying for a reduced suspension for the centerman, but Bettman reportedly ruled that the contact made with linesman Shandor Alphonso fit under a Category 2 ruling that justifies the assessment of a 10-game ban for "physical abuse of official foul without intent to injure." Vermette will miss his fifth game Saturday due to the suspension and now won't be eligible to return until March 12.
Vermette's suspension for contact with an official was cut to five games Friday, Doug Maclean of Sportsnet reports.
Vermette should certainly consider this a win after a fairly blatant slash to the leg of an official originally earned him a 10-game suspension. The shortened ban will result in the 34-year-old missing the rest of the Ducks' February contests, but he can now return to action March 3 against Toronto. In the interim, Ondrej Kase will slide up to the top line alongside Ryan Getzlaf.
Vermette was given a 10-game suspension Wednesday for contact with an official, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.
Vermette slashed the back of an official's leg during Tuesday's matchup with the Wild, which resulted in an ejection. The nature of the act resulted in an automatic 10-game ban; however, the 34-year-old can appeal the decision, which could alter the length of the suspension. With pretty conclusive evidence that it was an intentional act, it seems unlikely the center could get off with a lesser punishment, but it may be worth appealing anyway. Vermette is eligible to return March 12 against the Capitals.