The Guy Who Made The Obscene Gesture To Sean Avery

Habs acquire James Wisniewski from the Islanders


Tuesday, 28.12.2010 / 4:25 PM / News
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James Wisniewski

WASHINGTON — Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced Wednesday that the team acquired defenseman James Wisniewski from the New York Islanders, in return for a compensatory second round pick in 2011, and a conditional fifth round pick in 2012. Wisniewski is scheduled to join the team on Wednesday in Tampa Bay.

Wisniewski, 26, played in 32 of the Islanders’ 34 games thus far this season. He leads the team defensemen in scoring (18th in the NHL) with 21 points (3 goals, 18 assists) while averaging 23:14 of time on ice. He also registered 71 shots on goal, tallied three powerplay goals and amassed 18 penalty minutes. The 5’11 and 208 lbs defenseman registered a point in his last five games (1-4-5). He also recorded a point in his first seven games of the season (2 goals, 9 assists).

Since he first joined the NHL back in 2005-06, Wisniewski recorded a total of 118 points (20 goals, 98 assists) in 286 regular season games with the Chicago Blackhawks, the Anaheim Ducks and the New York Islanders. He also registered 468 shots on goal and scored seven powerplay goals. Wisniewski added three points (1-2-3) and 16 shots on goal in 12 playoff games with the Ducks in 2009.

A native of Canton, Michigan, Wisniewski was a fifth-round selection, 156th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Wisniewski played his junior hockey with the Plymouth Whalers in the Ontario Hockey League between 2000 and 2004. Following the 2003-04 season when he recorded 70 points in 50 regular season games (17 goals, 53 assists), he was selected to the OHL and the Canadian Hockey League First All-Star Teams, and was named the OHL and the CHL Defenseman of the Year. He also represented the United States at the World Junior Championships in 2003 and 2004.

11 thoughts on “The Guy Who Made The Obscene Gesture To Sean Avery”

  1. I wonder what the plan is now, Danno. Is PK going to take a back seat? I’m actually quite happy with this. This guy seems to have an edge and skills and is a real NHLer. He might really help us. Thanks a lot for all of this, Danno.

  2. Dennis,

    At 26 does he have to show Mikey and the Flyers respect? Or can we look forward to serious biffage when they’re next up?

    Have been too engaged by Chrimbo business to post lately, though for what it’s worth my response to the Islanders result was “Gimme strength!”

    I was too weakened by man tears to think beyond that.

  3. I think the plan is to make a run for the cup. We needed some grit and I think we got it big time and at minimum cost with JW. I also think PK will be able to tone it down a notch and not be looking over his shoulder because JW will play the role of enforcer. That’s a good thing because PK is way to talented to waste his time busting his hands on the hard heads of the Hartnells and Averies of the league.

  4. Hope it was a great time for you, Blue Bayou. And no, there will be no respect for Mikey and the Orangemen. This guy plays mean and should be an excellent addition to the Habs. They need something. They also need a win tonight.

  5. I think it is a good addition. At $3M+ and at 26 years of age, he may be with us for a while. I, too hope this doesn’t hurt Subban’s development, or Webers or Picards as well. We seem deep in D right now (8 D-men) so JM better massage this so it doesn’t hurt the team. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see Subban be molded into a Mark Streit/MAB type player? We needed change and this is good for now. Our problems are in F positions as well. Hopefully we’re not letting our underperforming, undersized forwards off the hook. Would be nice to see some grit added up front and some young speedy size too.

  6. You’re right, Mayo. A little grit and size up front would be be nice. I’m quite excited about getting Wisniewski. He’s my kind of player.

  7. Danno, I think this is a beauty of an addition. I’m just not sure how they’re going to juggle all the D-men now.

  8. all the finagling, game planning etc. etc. can not make up for raw talent…… we miss markov…… this can only help.

  9. I’m mixed. Wisniewski adds some toughness and grit for the playoffs in case we meet the Broad Street Bullies. But I’m worried that this will slow down Subban’s and Weber’s development. Who sits? And once again we’re giving up a top draft pick for yet another UFA defenceman (our 4th) at the end of the year.

    Any word on how he is at carrying the puck? Without Markov and Subban sitting, Hamrlik chugging up the ice is who we’re relying on.

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