The Austrian winger was traded by the New York Islanders to the Habs in exchange for a second round draft pick and Sebastien Collberg.
Islanders general manager Garth Snow had to make a deal for Vanek eventually and he perhaps had to settle for less than he wanted with this one with time running out on the trade deadline.
Considering the fact that there were plenty of big names floating around that didn’t move, including Ryan Kesler out of Vancouver, Vanek was probably at the core of a lot of trade talk. Snow eventually made the deal he had to make, but it doesn’t seem to be a lot of return on investment here.
The Islanders have become the NHL’s house of asset-building. In terms of icing a contender, however…
In other words, the Habs make out like gangbusters. Vanek may be a rental for a run at the post-season, but Montreal didn’t part with much to get it done and there’s very little risk involved with the deal.
There is tremendous upside, though, and that’s what really shines through.
For one thing, Vanek gives the Canadiens a lot more even strength punch. 15 of his goals have been on the five-on-five. The Habs, meanwhile, have found themselves near the league basement in even strength scoring.
Vanek could do quite well in Montreal, even if the long-term stretch is still a question. It’s a good move for the Habs that could pay some rather immediate dividends.