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Canadiens Pick Up Vanek For Low Price

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Thomas Vanek (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Thomas Vanek (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

BOSTON (CBS) -The Montreal Canadiens added a new element to their offense on Wednesday, landing Thomas Vanek from the Islanders for only a second-round draft pick and prospect Sebastien Collberg.

In his first year on Long Island, Vanek racked up 17 goals and 27 assists in 47 games. He is seen as a rental player, and Vanek made it clear that he wouldn’t re-sign with the Islanders when he refused the team’s reportedly $50 million contract extension.

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Collberg was the Canadiens’ second-round selection in the 2012 Entry Draft, and went #33 overall. The right winger is currently playing in the Swedish Elite League for Frolunda HC.

The Habs trail the Bruins by only eight points in the Atlantic, but were sixth in the division in goals. It’s clear that they wanted to add some offensive firepower for a postseason run, and with the addition of Vanek it appears they’ve done just that.

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