The Montreal Canadiens got some much needed size and scoring on deadline day when they acquired Thomas Vanek from the New York Islanders. The Habs sent a conditional-second round pick and prospect forward Sebastian Collberg to the Islanders and received a conditional 5th with Vanek. The condition on both picks is the Habs making the playoffs, if they don’t neither pick will be traded.

“I’m excited,” Vanek told TSN’s James Duthie. “I played a lot there with Buffalo, it’s an electric city with great fans so I’m excited to join them.”

The trade was announced right at the 3:00 deadline and for a while it looked like Vanek wasn’t going to go anywhere. It is unclear how long the trade negotiation was but it is a safe assumption Montreal was not the only team asking about Vanek. And like most players these days, Vanek says he learned about the trade watching TSN.

Duthie asked anek if he had any teams in mind when he knew he could be traded.

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