Canadiens acquire Vanek from Islanders
Montreal sent forward prospect Sebastien Collberg, a 2014 second-round pick and a conditional fifth-rounder to the Islanders for Vanek on Wednesday.
Vanek, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, becomes the Canadiens leading scorer with 53 points. The 30-year-old is in the final season of a $50-million, seven-year contract.
It's the second time Vanek has been traded this season. The Islanders gave up winger Matt Moulson along with first- and second-round picks to get Vanek in late October.
Collberg was Montreal's second-round pick in the 2012 draft.