Habs get Thomas Vanek from Isles at trade deadline

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As the minutes ticked down towards the end of Wednesday's 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline, the Montreal Canadiens came out of nowhere and acquired star forward Thomas Vanek and a 2014 fifth round draft pick from the New York Islanders.

In return, the Islanders recieve a 2014 second round pick and prospect Sebastian Collberg.

Considered the top offensive player on the trading block at this year's deadline, the 30-year-old Vanek instantly becomes the Habs' leading scorer with 21 goals and 32 assists.

Earlier this season Islanders GM Garth Snow shipped winger Matt Moulson, a first, and a second round pick to Buffalo in exchange for the Austrian sniper.

The Islanders were unable to sign Vanek to an extension putting pressure on Snow to recoup his lost assets.

Vanek will make his debut for the Habs tomorrow night against the Phoenix Coyotes.

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