Im sure Vermette will be quite successful in Phoenix where he'll probably play a roll better suited for him and have a better team around him. If he was the only one sucking this year, then maybe it would be more of his skills declining, but i've got a feeling everyone that is shipped out of him will play much better then they did when they were here.
Vermette played two full seasons in Columbus. In terms of points, they were his first and third best. This is his eighth full season. Pretty much the same coaching staff this year as last, yet his performance has dropped significantly. It's easy to blame SH, the coaches, etc, but sometimes it falls on the player, and I feel that's the case with Vermette.
Here's what I hoping happens with this trade is: Phoenix upgrading their team causes LA and SJ to get nervous and makes a trade or two to upgrade their teams. Since Carter has been rumored for LA, it helps the CBJ get a deal done.