Fantasy Impact: The New York Islanders have traded defenseman James Wisniewski to the Montreal Canadiens for a second- and fifth-round draft pick.



The Habs get: a streaky and somewhat injury-prone, puck-moving defenseman. Sound familiar? Yes, they did that last year when they signed Marc-Andre Bergeron. Wisniewski has another dimension that Bergeron lacks - toughness. He's also better in his own end. But like Bergeron, the points comes in bunches and unlike Bergeron, Wisniewski is unlikely to be tried as a winger.

The Isles get: very good draft picks. Clearly, rookie Travis Hamonic has earned a full-time job.

Fantasy Players Impacted: Wisniewski gets a boost from this deal, as with most players going to new teams. Look for some pretty impressive numbers over the next three weeks before he comes back down to Earth. His presence in the lineup now allows the Habs to scratch PK Subban. They have already scratched the youngster several times, and would probably have done so on two or three other occasions, but injuries forced them to put him back in the lineup. This acquisition is also a statement that Yannick Weber is just not ready. For the Isles, this puts Jack Hillen back on the power play, and gives more PP time to Hamonic and Andrew MacDonald.


Players this helps, in order:

1. Wisniewski

2. Hillen

3. Hamonic/MacDonald

4. The Montreal power play (Plekanec, Kostitsyn, Gionta, Cammalleri, Gomez)


Players this hurts, in order:

1. Subban


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Jocular Hockey Manager said:

Great Isles move I have to say I think this is a great deal for the Isles. Certainly not short term, but potentially over the long haul. Wiz is a journeyman. He had seemingly found a comfortable home on a defensively woeful club in New York. That doesn't prove much though. He'll now have to compete for his ice time. It does appear that he's playing the best hockey of his career. That the ice time was just what he needed. We'll see if he's got enough defensive jam to play for a team that's contending now. The Isles will be able to sign some new guys that are looking to rejuvenate their careers in the off season. Players like Wiz are always available. Thus the two draft picks, including a second, are great for their overall picture. They need to get more solid kids in the pipeline.
December 31, 2010
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Tim said:

Great Signing by Habs As a Habs fan, I am elated with this signing. I believe Wisniewski is a very underated defenseman. I look at this trade as an absolute steal if we can sign him to a couple of years. I think if I were going to compare him to a Habs defenseman of late it would be closer to Sheldon Souray. He's tough as nails, in your face and is very good at moving the puck out of his zone and running the powerplay. I am very, very happey with this trade for the Habs. The Wiz can do it all.

I love Kaberle for what he can do as well and think many Teams would love to acquire him as well. However, if the price really is a 1st rounder and top forward I'll take this deal for The Wiz anyday!!!
December 30, 2010
Votes: +0

littleranger said:

... Having Wiz,Kovalchuk,Tavares,Langenbrunner on my team has destroyed my +/-...its been a tough year so hopefully this trade can spark something for my team!
December 29, 2010
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