WIZ SHIPPED TO MONTREAL FOR PICKSSnow acquires a 2nd and 5th from Canadiens

The Islanders have traded James Wisniewski to Montreal for a second round pick in 2011 and a fifth round pick in 2012. The second rounder is the Canadiens’ compensatory pick for not signing a recent first round selection. Since he won’t be asked to be the man in Montreal, Wisniewski – unabe to shoulder the load when Mark Streit was sidelined with a serious shoulder injury – should be okay for the Habs. Some more wheel-spinning for the NYI (unless there is a significant followup move), but good value for Garth Snow considering a lot of people were beating The Wiz. Would not consider picking up aging Brian Rolston siginificant should it happen. According to Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet, the compensatory pick should land around 50th overall. No problem with the timing here; if Snow waited any longer, I doubt Wisniewski’s value was going to go up. The Canadiens got the player they targeted. The Islanders got as much as they could get.