Canadiens acquire Vanek in deal with Islanders

Canadiens acquire Vanek in deal with Islanders
March 5, 2014, 4:00 pm
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By Mike Halford, Pro Hockey Talk

The Montreal Canadiens have emerged the victor in the Thomas Vanek sweepstakes, acquiring the Islanders winger in exchange for second-round pick in ’14 and prospect Sebastian Collberg, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.

Update: The Habs also receive a conditional fifth-round pick from the Islanders.

Initial reactions to the deal haven’t been stellar, as Isles GM Garth Snow paid a small bounty to acquire Vanek in the first place: Matt Moulson, a ’14 first-rounder and a ’15 second-rounder.

In return, the Isles are now getting a second-rounder in this year’s draft and Collberg, a second-round pick himself (33rd overall at the ’12 NHL Entry Draft.) The 20-year-old Swede currently plays for Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League, and has represented Team Sweden at the last thee World Junior tournaments (where he’s won gold and a pair of silver medals.)

From the Montreal perspective, this deal has to be seen as a win. The club added a high-impact, goalscoring forward without surrendering a first-round pick or roster player. Vanek has 21 goals and 53 points in 60 games this year — he’ll bolster an already good offensive team that has eight 10-goal scorers at forward (led by Max Pacioretty, who has 29).