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Old 06-29-2011, 02:54 PM
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Columbus Acquires Rights to James Wisniewski

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired the rights to defenseman James Wisniewski from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a seventh round pick in the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft, club Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Scott Howson announced today. The seventh round pick will become a fifth round selection in 2012 if Columbus signs Wisniewski (pronounced wihz-NOO-skee) prior to the 2011-12 season.

Wisniewski, 27, has registered 27 goals and 121 assists for 148 points with 302 penalty minutes and a +5 plus/minus rating in 329 career NHL games with the Canadiens, New York Islanders, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks. Last year, he combined for 10-41-51 and 38 penalty minutes in 75 games with the Islanders and Canadiens, including 7-23-30 and 20 penalty minutes in 43 games with Montreal.

The Canton, Michigan native was Chicago’s fifth pick, 156th overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft and made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks during the 2005-06 season. He was a Canadian Major Junior All-Star during his four seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers from 2000-04.

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Old 06-29-2011, 02:58 PM
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Solid pickup on the blue-line for the Jackets.
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Old 06-29-2011, 03:09 PM
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I am really sad to see James go. Even though there are uncertanties about Andrei Markov's knees, I still think that Pierre Gauthier made the right choise, especially with the fact that the Habs having to sign Carey Price an PK Subban next season....
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I woulda sent Josh Gorges packing before JW. ****, to be honest, I'd rather have JW than Markov.

I can only hope he can regain his past form.
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Blue Jackets making some noise before July 1.
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BJ's are looking to take loads of players.........
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The Blue Jackets are doing EVERYTHING that shouldve been done last offseason.
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Old 06-29-2011, 06:25 PM
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I was hoping Ken Holland could get Wisniewski to come to Detroit. They really need a right-handed shot from the point. If Holland's still looking for a top 4 d-man to replace Rafalski, he's running out of options.

I'm still holding out hope... he's the UFA defenseman I've wanted since Rafalski retired.
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The Blue Jackets are doing EVERYTHING that shouldve been done last offseason.

At least they're doing something now.
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At least they're doing something now.
You're right, Howson knows the franchise won't survive without some success.

I'm optimistic about the team being put together. Now we just need a backup goaltender. Even with all the upgrades and changes, their fate/success will be on Steve Mason.
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You're right, Howson knows the franchise won't survive without some success.

I'm optimistic about the team being put together. Now we just need a backup goaltender. Even with all the upgrades and changes, their fate/success will be on Steve Mason.
Now with rumors of the Jackets being moved out of the Central, the timing couldn't be more perfect for the Preds
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You're right, Howson knows the franchise won't survive without some success.

I'm optimistic about the team being put together. Now we just need a backup goaltender. Even with all the upgrades and changes, their fate/success will be on Steve Mason.
Howson also knows that HE won't survive without some success...
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Good pick up for the Jackets, he's willing to drop'em a few times a year.
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:21 PM
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Good pick up for the Jackets, he's willing to drop'em a few times a year.
He didn't fight any for the Isles or Canadians, except for against Hnidy in the playoffs.
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He didn't fight any for the Isles or Canadians, except for against Hnidy in the playoffs.
He fought 9 times in 2007-2008, he will at least stick up for others.
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