The Montreal Canadiens have acquired Thomas Vanek and a conditional fifth-round pick from the New York Islanders for a conditional second-round pick and prospect Sebastien Collberg.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A bold move for the Canadiens, one they hope will address their need for offense. The Canadiens are struggling to score and bringing in Vanek as a playoff rental should help them. He brings size and offensive talent, though he is known as a streaky scorer.
The Islanders, however, didn’t get the big return they hoped for Vanek. GM Garth Snow could be feeling the heat from ownership for his failed gamble with Vanek.