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The New York Islanders decided to trade defenseman James Wisniewski sooner than later, dealing him to the Montreal Canadiens for their compensatory second-round selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft (given to the Habs after they didn't sign former first-round pick David Fisher) as well as a conditional fifth-round selection in the 2012 Draft.

The Wiz, 26, makes $3,250,000 against the cap this season and is set to go unrestricted next summer. He was acquired from the Anaheim Ducks on July 30 for a conditional third-round pick in the 2011 Draft.

So kudos to Garth Snow for flipping him for a second-rounder.

What the Habs get is, somewhat incredibly, the third-leading scorer on the Islanders with 3 goals and 18 assists; 13 of those points coming on the power play. (Of course, please note that 11 of those points came in October.)

For a defense down one Andrei Markov(notes) for the season, this was an essential move and you could do a hell of a lot worse than James Wisniewski(notes) in a walk year. He also plays a gritty, physical game that has crossed the line in the past.

So add yet another American to the Habs' roster, and one who's known to give his opponents a mouthful ... not that we're trying to blow his impact out of proportion.

Stick-tap Matt C. for the tip.

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