Fresh off a 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins, the Coyotes posted a video to their twitter account with the 32-year-old's reaction after hearing the news.
The centreman has 13 goals and 35 points in 63 games played with the Coyotes this season. He also owns the NHL’s second-longest active consecutive games played streak at 456 games.
Vermette joined the Coyotes in the 2011-12 season. He previously played for the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Ottawa Senators, who took him in the second round in 2000.
The St. Agapit, Que. native will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
Defenceman Klas Dahlbeck netted one goal in four games with Chicago this season after making his NHL debut on Dec. 6 at Nashville.