New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The Montreal Canadiens acquired high-scoring left wing Thomas Vanek from the New York Islanders.
The Canadiens, who got a conditional fifth-round pick together with Vanek, shipped prospect Sebastian Collberg and a conditional second-round pick in 2014 to the Islanders.
Earlier in the season, the Islanders landed Vanek in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres.
The draft picks will be exchanged only if the Canadiens (34-22-7), who entered Wednesday with the third-best record in the Eastern Conference, reach the playoffs this season.
Vanek has 21 goals and 32 assists in 60 games and should provide scoring punch for Montreal, which ranks 20th in the league in scoring.
Vanek, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, had told the Islanders he wasn’t interested in signing a contract extension and was eager to test the free-agent market.
A former All-Star, Vanek was traded to the Islanders this past October in the deal that sent Matt Moulson and two draft picks to Buffalo. The 30-year-old Vanek has 271 goals and 270 assists in his nine-year career with the Sabres and Islanders.