Canadiens acquire Vanek from Islanders

(AP) -- The Montreal Canadiens have acquired winger Thomas Vanek from the New York Islanders.



Montreal sent forward prospect Sebastien Collberg, a 2014 second-round pick and a conditional fifth-rounder to the Islanders for Vanek on Wednesday.



Vanek, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, becomes the Canadiens' leading scorer with 53 points. The 30-year-old Austrian player is in the final season of a $50 million, seven-year contract.



It's the second time Vanek has been traded this season. The Islanders gave up winger Matt Moulson along with first- and second-round picks to get Vanek from Buffalo in late October.



Collberg was Montreal's second-round pick in the 2012 draft.


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