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James Wisniewski #20 of the Montreal Canadiens and David Booth #10 of the Florida Panthers both stop at the same time during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on February 2, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Canadiens defeated the Panthers 3-2. (Richard Wolowicz/2011 Getty Images)
James Wisniewski #20 of the Montreal Canadiens and David Booth #10 of the Florida Panthers both stop at the same time during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on February 2, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Canadiens defeated the Panthers 3-2. (Richard Wolowicz/2011 Getty Images)

Habs trade Wisniewski's negotiating rights to Columbus Add to ...

The Montreal Canadiens have traded the negotiating rights to pending free agent defenceman James Wisniewski to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a draft pick and future considerations, the NHL team said on Wednesday.

Wisniewski, 27, set career highs in goals (10), assists (41), points (51) and power-play goals (seven) last season while playing for the New York Islanders and Canadiens.

The Blue Jackets said the seventh-round selection in next year's draft that it sent to Montreal will become a fifth-round pick in 2012 if Columbus signs Wisniewski prior to the 2011-12 season.

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