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NHL: Canadiens Acquire F Thomas Vanek from NY Islanders
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NHL: Canadiens Acquire F Thomas Vanek from NY Islanders

Mar 5 2014, 6:44pm CST | by

The Montreal Canadiens acquired forward Thomas Vanek and a conditional fifth-round draft pick from the New York Islanders for prospect Sebastian Collberg and a conditional second-round draft pick in 2014 on March 5.

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...

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NHL: Canadiens Acquire F Thomas Vanek from NY Islanders

Mar 5 2014, 6:44pm CST | by

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The Montreal Canadiens acquired forward Thomas Vanek and a conditional fifth-round draft pick from the New York Islanders for prospect Sebastian Collberg and a conditional second-round draft pick in 2014 on March 5.

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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Oct 28 2014 9:20pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BOSTON — Marco Scandella scored with 5:53 remaining as the Minnesota Wild rallied for three goals in the third period to beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Tuesday night. One night after allowing five goals in the third period and blowing a 3-0 lead in New York against the Rangers, the Wild were at the opposite end of a surprising comeback in Boston. The Wild trailed 3-1 entering the third, then came out firing on Boston goalie Tuukka Rask in the third. Zach Parise scored for Minnesota ...
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3 weeks ago

Wild rally in exciting comeback win over Bruins

Oct 28 2014 9:20pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BOSTON — Marco Scandella scored with 5:53 remaining as the Minnesota Wild rallied for three goals in the third period to beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Tuesday night. One night after allowing five goals in the third period and blowing a 3-0 lead in New York against the Rangers, the Wild were at the opposite end of a surprising comeback in Boston. The Wild trailed 3-1 entering the third, then came out firing on Boston goalie Tuukka Rask in the third. Zach Parise sco ...
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3 weeks ago

Wild rally in exciting comeback win over Bruins

Oct 28 2014 9:20pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BOSTON — Marco Scandella scored with 5:53 remaining as the Minnesota Wild rallied for three goals in the third period to beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Tuesday night. One night after allowing five goals in the third period and blowing a 3-0 lead in New York against the Rangers, the Wild were at the opposite end of a surprising comeback in Boston. The Wild trailed 3-1 entering the third, then came out firing on Boston goalie Tuukka Rask ...
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3 weeks ago

Wild rally in exciting comeback win over Bruins

Oct 28 2014 9:20pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BOSTON — Marco Scandella scored with 5:53 remaining as the Minnesota Wild rallied for three goals in the third period to beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Tuesday night. One night after allowing five goals in the third period and blowing a 3-0 lead in New York against the Rangers, the Wild were at the opposite end of a surprising comeback in Boston. The Wild trailed 3-1 entering the third, then came out firing on Boston goalie Tuukka Rask in the third. ...
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Wild pound battered Lightning 7-2

Oct 25 2014 10:11pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Jason Zucker is showing why Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo was so excited about his team’s depth this season. Zucker scored two goals, and Minnesota routed the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-2 on Saturday night. Zach Parise and Marco Scandella both had a goal and an assist, and 13 Wild players had at least one point. More NHL on Sportsnet: Subscribe: Rogers GameCentre Live Rogers Hometown Hockey | Broadcast Schedule Sportsnet Fantasy Hockey Pool "That’s huge. ...
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4 weeks ago

Wild pound battered Lightning 7-2

Oct 25 2014 10:11pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Jason Zucker is showing why Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo was so excited about his team’s depth this season. Zucker scored two goals, and Minnesota routed the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-2 on Saturday night. Zach Parise and Marco Scandella both had a goal and an assist, and 13 Wild players had at least one point. More NHL on Sportsnet: Subscribe: Rogers GameCentre Live Rogers Hometown Hockey | Broadcast S ...
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4 weeks ago

Wild pound battered Lightning 7-2

Oct 25 2014 10:11pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Jason Zucker is showing why Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo was so excited about his team’s depth this season. Zucker scored two goals, and Minnesota routed the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-2 on Saturday night. Zach Parise and Marco Scandella both had a goal and an assist, and 13 Wild players had at least one point. More NHL on Sportsnet: Subscribe: Rogers GameCentre Live Rogers Hometown Hockey | Broadcast Schedule Sportsn ...
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5 weeks ago

Quick outstanding as Kings hold off Wild

Oct 19 2014 4:52pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings spent much of the afternoon trapped in their own end while the Minnesota Wild pelted them with 41 shots. Thanks to Jonathan Quick and two more timely contributions from That 70s Line, the Kings are still perfect on their homestand. Quick made 40 saves and Tyler Toffoli had a goal and an assist in the Kings’ fourth straight victory, 2-1 over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday. Toffoli scored an early power-play goal and Tanner Pearson added a third-period ...
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7 weeks ago

Canadiens passing the torch, looking to future

Oct 6 2014 12:29pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Perhaps more than any other sports team, the Montreal Canadiens have made the process of transition tangible. If you’ve seen a Habs season opener, playoff game or red-carpet event in the past couple decades, you know that the metaphorical torch John McCrae passed in his First World War poem “In Flanders Fields” is a staple prop of Canadiens pageantry. Its ubiquity in recent seasons, combined with the fact Montreal is further and further removed from the last time it lifted what really coun ...
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