Mar 5 2014, 6:44pm CST | by Poch de la Rosa
The Montreal Canadiens acquired forward Thomas Vanek from the New York Islanders on March 5.
The Canadiens' official website issued a press release about the matter:
"Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Wednesday the acquisition of left winger Thomas Vanek and a conditional fifth-round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Draft from the New York Islanders, in exchange for Sebastian Collberg and a conditional second-round draft pick in 2014."
Montreal head coach Michel Therrien, who said he expects Vanek to suit up against the Phoenix Coyotes on March 6, told Pat Hickey of The Montreal Gazette acquiring Vanek sends a message to the Canadiens.
"I new general manager Marc Bergevin was working hard talking to a lot of general managers about a lot of different players and, for me, getting Thomas Vanek gave a message to the players.
"This team has worked very hard and has been facing some adversity during the course of the season and were battling for the playoffs and, as a coach I'm very pleased to have Thomas Vanek join our team.
"I have some ideas but I want to think about it. He's a player who's a right-handed shooter but he can play on the right side or the left side. This is a great addition for us. He's a goal scorer and he's always willing to pay the price to score goals. I'll talk to him and then we'll make a decision.
"A lot of teams in our conference got better today and it's going to be a battle to the end so I'm glad we added Vanek."
Therrien also told Hickey acquiring Vanek without losing somebody from the roster was a bonus. Collberg, a prospect whom Montreal drafted in the second round two years ago, has three goals and six assists in the Swedish league.
"The second-round pick is conditional on the Canadiens making the playoffs," per Hickey.
Vanek started out the 2013-14 season with the Buffalo Sabres. He wound up with the Islanders in Oct. 2013 in a trade that had Matt Moulson and two draft picks going to the Sabres. Moulson was traded to the Minnesota Wild on the same day Vanek became a Canadien.
Hickey notes Montreal "will likely attempt" to re-sign Vanek, who said he isn't thinking about his immediate future just yet. The Montreal Gazette report says Vanek may look at signing with the Wild -- he attended the University of Minnesota and has a house in that state.
Should this be the case, he may end up on the same team as Moulson, the player he was originally traded for when he was still with the Sabres.
According to ESPN, Vanek wasn't interested in inking a contract extension with the Islanders and wanted to test the free agent market.
In 60 games with Buffalo and New York, Vanek, a native of Austria, recorded 21 goals and 32 assists for 53 points.
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