Canadiens acquire Wisniewski

AUDIO: Pierre Gauthier

The Canadiens have acquired defenceman James Wisniewski from the New York
Islanders in return for a
compensatory second round pick in 2011, and a conditional fifth round
pick in 2012.

Wisniewski, who will be 27 in February, is a righthanded shot (like P.K. Subban and Yannick Weber) who’s listed at 5’11” and a solid 205 lbs. He is scheduled to join the team tomorrow in Tampa Bay.

The defenceman is making $3.25 million this season and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.


The team’s release:

Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced today that the team acquired defenseman James Wisniewski from the New York Islanders, in return for a compensatory second round pick in 2011, and a conditional fifth round pick in 2012. Wisniewski is scheduled to join the team on Wednesday in Tampa Bay.
Wisniewski, 26, played in 32 of the Islanders’ 34 games thus far this season. He leads the team defensemen in scoring (18th in the NHL) with 21 points (3 goals, 18 assists) while averaging 23:14 of time on ice. He also registered 71 shots on goal, tallied three powerplay goals and amassed 18 penalty minutes. The 5’11 and 208 lbs defenseman registered a point in his last five games (1-4-5). He also recorded a point in his
first seven games of the season (2 goals, 9 assists).
Since he first joined the NHL back in 2005-06, Wisniewski recorded a total of 118 points (20 goals, 98 assists) in 286 regular season games with the Chicago Blackhawks, the Anaheim Ducks and the New York
Islanders. He also registered 468 shots on goal and scored seven powerplay goals. Wisniewski added three points (1-2-3) and 16 shots on goal in 12 playoff games with the Ducks in 2009.
A native of Canton, Michigan, Wisniewski was a fifth-round selection, 156th overall by the Chicago
Blackhawks at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
Wisniewski played his junior hockey with the Plymouth Whalers in the Ontario Hockey League between 2000 and 2004. Following the 2003-04 season when he recorded 70 points in 50 regular season games (17
goals, 53 assists), he was selected to the OHL and the Canadian Hockey League First All-Star Teams, and was named the OHL and the CHL Defenseman of the Year. He also represented the United States at the World Junior Championships in 2003 and 2004.


  1. zak says:

    He plays defence

  2. davelecave says:

    Maybe if we were talking about basketball, O’byrne would be a better choice.  Unfortunately he can’t lay a hit for beans, and he certainly can’t put the puck in the net. 

  3. drivefor25 says:

    Fischer is no longer in the Canadiens’ plans. Because the Habs declined to sign Fischer (a former first-rounder), they received a compensatory second-round pick in the 2011 entry draft. That’s the pick that’s going to the Isles for Wisniewski.


    Fan since ’71

  4. Malreg says:

    The Canadiens never signed David Fischer to a contract, therfore they received a 2nd round draft pick in 2011 as compensation.

    That is the pick they traded for the Wiz.

  5. Keith says:

    CANADA!!! Shorthanded, Louis LeBlanc!!!

  6. MTLForever says:

    LOUIS LEBLANC!!!!!!!

  7. shiram says:

    Can someone explain how this implicates David Fischer??

  8. Former Jets Fan says:

    Wizniewski’s 13 PP points are only one less than Hamrlik, Subban and Spacek (the Habs top-3 D in that category) combined. 

    The trade pushes Weber and Picard, deservedly, down the depth chart.

  9. Mattyleg says:

    I’m happy with this! Looking forward to seeing JW laying on some big hits.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  10. MTLForever says:

    id send weber back, play PK and have Picard in press box, Picard has scored lately yes..however, brutal mistakes

  11. Mattyleg says:

    (high dumb-blonde girly voice) “Another good trade for PG!”

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  12. SeriousFan09 says:

    Heard this trade on TSN watching the game and was worried about cost, nice pick-up I believe, solidifies the D and gives the Habs option to rest Gorges a bit now so he can heal.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  13. MTLForever says:

    the way Martin has handled PK I would not be surprised but I would be pissed if he is sent down

  14. zak says:

    Another good trade for PG. OB was making 1.something mil and a smaller Wishnewski is making 3.25. Oh Bournival should be ready to jump into a Habs uni in about 4 yrs.

  15. Graves says:

    It’s probably a good bet that Weber will be sent down to Hamilton. As for who plays between Picard and Subban, I don’t have a clue, but one or the other will end up in the press box unless Martin decides to roll seven defencemen.

  16. deuce6 says:


    +/- is a team stat..It’s over rated, IMO..

    AK46 is our team leader..LOL

  17. slapshot777 says:

    Great pick up, without giving up any roster players and also gives us a better threat on the powerplay. The cap hit is 3 million which still gives us some room for a forwad if need be. Gauthier and Gainey are doing a great job on putting another piece of the puzzle together. He will hopefully resign here and take the place of one of our aging d-men.


    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  18. deuce6 says:

    Gorges has been playing hurt, Weber was brought in the help the PP, and Picard is a journey man..

    We have 3 D man that are impending UFAs, one of which has a blown out knee, the other 2 are old..

    James Wisniewski is 26 years of age..It’s a no brainer we re up him..So the pick is not a loss..

    This kinda rights it in stone for Hamrlik after this season, IMO..

  19. bigjames says:

    i like bigjames myself, but hey i may be biased…

  20. Sportfan says:

    Now please please please dont bite my head off but can someone explain to me the trade and what that means it will happen to pk yannick and picard im just curious like i kinda understand why and i like the trade but could some one explain it better to me please

  21. Bugs says:

    Funny, but maybe inappropriate.

    Unquestionably unquestionable, I think I’m

    L. Bugs Potter, esq., Herzog of ze Abominable Habsuchtig Brigade, Markgraf of ze Fearsome Flanell Flausen Flank, und devoted minion of ze Habsbros Order:

  22. Bar says:

    Actually I would be surprised if it was Webber who went down not Subban, not that I think it should be that way, just the way I think it’ll turn out.

  23. shiram says:

    I noticed that as well, and came to the same conclusion. Also on his other season he has been a mostly plus player, except last year with the ducks a -5.

  24. thebigguy says:

    Another great move by Gauthier!
    I wonder b/w Pickard, Weber and Subban who becomes our 6th and 7th.


    It’d be nice if Markov’s back for the playoffs. Think of the offensive capabilities of a top 6 that has Markov, the Wiz and,depending on development , Subban or Weber.

  25. Shiloh says:

    How about WhizJam?

  26. habsfan321 says:

    I love how they just omit the fact that he’s -18 from the press release…

    …though he was playing for the Islanders.

  27. RGM says:

    Good move – the Habs badly need somebody to help out on the blueline.
    With Markov gone, Josh hurt, the geezers being turnover machines, PK in
    the pressbox instead of on the ice, and Picard and Weber giving me fits
    every night, something was needed to shore up the corps. I’d imagine
    he’ll be on the PP.

    Go Habs Go!

  28. shiram says:

    You gotta think some nickname is coming up for him… Wiz, Wizard… whatever, as long as we dont type out his whole last name.

    Seems like a good trade to me, and he could definately be back come next season as well.

  29. Shiloh says:

    Nice pick up – and so necessary. If he can move the puck offensively it can only help our forwards – especially the Pleks line. He’s young, he has an edge – and the timing couldn’t be better. If he pans out and wants to stay we could have a valuable d-man for the next five years or so. If he bails, it hasn’t cost us much. 

  30. habbyone says:

    The Noose is on the loose. Me likes!

  31. Graves says:

    I really like this trade. I may not be the biggest fan of the coach, but I have to say that I like the work that Gauthier’s done so far. He seems pretty adept at making moves that address the needs of the team.

    For anyone interested, here’s some of Wisniewski’s physical work:

    And fights: (vs. Yandle) (vs. Boynton) (vs. Tootoo)

  32. Keith says:

    He is a mean SOB, but now he’s OUR mean SOB. Good move I think and it fills a huge need without Markov in the mix. I like it alot! Can’t wait to see him play in Tampa.

  33. Bugs says:

    So, are we cool with callin’m “Jimmy”?

    Cuz I ain’t down with fightin with the keyboard every time I wanna mention “Wisniewski”.

    Unquestionably unquestionable, I think I’m

    L. Bugs Potter, esq., Herzog of ze Abominable Habsuchtig Brigade, Markgraf of ze Fearsome Flanell Flausen Flank, und devoted minion of ze Habsbros Order:

  34. MTLForever says:

    right i believe

  35. MTLForever says:

    I like this! Why? we didn’t lose a player for him and used the pick we got cuz we didnt sign Fischer. Now, do you send Weber back down or carry 8 dmen with you?

  36. Top Corner says:

    Holeeeeeeeeeee sh!t    YES YES YES……me sa pumped

  37. Former Jets Fan says:

    Good pickup by the Goat.  The Wiz is the type of player you love to hate until he’s on your team.  The powerplay will benefit from his shot, and the blueline in general should benefit from his nastiness.  Will be interesting to see the D pairings going forward, and hopefully this spells the end of Picard.  Somebody save me a google – does he shoot R or L?

  38. Jon Hackett says:

    To steal a comment from someone on another site…


    “I bet this trade really blew him away”

  39. Chuck says:

    Not a bad way to plug that hole. Too bad that he won’t be available tonight, though.

    Centre Hice: Top-10 worst Hab nicknames

  40. smiler2729 says:

    Nice pick up and he’s mean!

  41. deuce6 says:

    Wisniewski is a great pick up, but for those that say he brings size, he is only 5’11” and 205lbs.

    He can play a physical game and his shot is like out of a cannon..We gave next to nothing to get him…

    Good deal, IMO

  42. yukonhab says:

    Christmas just keeps on giving! Great aquistition for this Team right now. Hope he becomes King James! lol!

  43. K-hab25 says:

    Hammer- Subban / Spacek- Wisniewski / Gill- Georges

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