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Canadiens trade rights to Wisniewski to Blue Jackets for draft pick

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Montreal Canadiens defenseman James Wisniewski (20) and Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) dive for a loose puck during second period game three NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action Monday, April 18, 2011 in Montreal. The Montreal Canadiens traded the rights to Wisniewski to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a seventh-round pick on Wednesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz Author: The Hockey News

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Canadiens trade rights to Wisniewski to Blue Jackets for draft pick

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MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens traded the rights to defenceman James Wisniewski to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a seventh-round pick on Wednesday.

A condition of the deal is that if the Blue Jackets are able to sign the potential unrestricted free agent to a contract, the pick will be in the fifth round rather than the seventh.

The Canadiens obtained Wisniewski from the New York Islanders on Dec. 28 for a second-round pick and a conditional fifth-round selection. The power-play specialist had 51 points (10 goals, 41 assists) in 75 games last season.

He earned US$3.250 million last season.

The Canadiens were not expected to try to retain Wisniewski after they made a contract offer this week to veteran Roman Hamrlik, who can also become an unrestricted free agent on Friday.

Also Wednesday, the Canadiens signed defenceman Yannick Weber to a two-year contract. He had 11 points (1-10) in 41 games last season.

He will make $800,000 next season and $900,000 in 2012-13.

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Canadiens trade rights to Wisniewski to Blue Jackets for draft pick