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Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced Tuesday that the team has acquired defenceman 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 defencemen 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-foot-11 and 208-pound defenceman 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).

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