As you all know already, Pierre Gauthier manager of the Montreal Canadiens announced the acquisition of D-Man James Wisniewski from the New York Islanders. The Habs gave up a compensatory second round pick in 2011 and a conditional fifth round pick in 2012.
I have a feeling that Wisniewski will have pretty much the same role he had in Long Island. I can see Jacques Martin using him on both the power play and penalty kill, (he’ll also have an important role to play in the obscene gesture department).My guess is that he’ll be seeing a lot of ice time.
I’m inclined to say that it was a good trade considering the loss of our top defenseman when Markov got injured earlier this season. What’s on my mind is who will be looked over in order to make room for The Wiz?
Will it be Gorges (temporarily) due to the injury to his right knee that he’s been playing through? We might see the Wiz take his spot for a couple of games seeing as the team has finally decided to step in and make Gorges recuperate his knee by forcibly placing him on a day to day status.
But the two players most likely to be affected by this acquisition are P.K. Subban and Yannick Weber. These two guys have been fighting for their spot over the last couple of weeks. (One of the reasons I’m starting to doubt JM’s decision making ability)
Webber has no goals/2 points and a +/- rating of -1 and Subban has 2 goals, 9 assists for a total of 11 points and a +/- rating of -2.
The arrival of Wisniewski automatically makes him the Habs top scoring defenseman (3 goals, 18 assists).
I’d imagine that this is the main reasoning behind the trade (and he can play a physical game to boot). I have no way of knowing which defenseman will have to face the consequences. I think that ultimately it will be Picard seeing as he was only called up after Markov got injured and JM likes to juggle Subban and Webber. That seems like what is most likely to happen (in my opinion, but I could be wrong). It’s not what I would do, I’d send Spacek to the pressbox, but that’s a whole other topic.
- 32 games this season.
- 21 points (3 goals, 18 assists) (18th in the NHL)
- 23:14 average time on ice.
- 71 shots on goal
- 3 powerplay goals
- 18 penalty minutes.
- 5’11 and 208 lbs
- 5 points in his last five games (1 goal, 5 assists)
Wisniewski is scheduled to join the team on Wednesday in Tampa Bay
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