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Vanek debuts for Habs against Coyotes on Thursday

Mar 6, 2014, 6:27 PM EDT

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The Montreal Canadiens landed Thomas Vanek at the trade deadline yesterday, and he’ll manage to play for his new team a day later, as the Montreal Gazette reports that he’ll debut against the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday.

The Habs didn’t practice this morning, but the preliminary word is that the 30-year-old will line up with Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk. That gives Montreal a nice one-two line punch between Vanek’s trio and the Max PaciorettyDavid DesharnaisBrendan Gallagher combo.

Vanek blended in pretty quickly with the New York Islanders, scoring his first point (an assist) in his second game with the team. Overall, he scored 44 points in 47 games with the Islanders after getting nine points in his last 13 games as a member of the Buffalo Sabres.

He admitted that it’s been a hectic couple days, but also praised his treatment by the Canadiens so far.

“Any time (you get traded) you’re excited to come in and meet the guys,” Vanek said. “It’s a little bit overwhelming, but since the minute I found out I had been traded to Montreal, they’ve treated me first class. We just had a quick meeting this morning and I’m sure coach will let me know (who I’m playing with) later.”

  1. rlecchino - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Isles got hosed on this deal. Snow needs to be fired. I’m glad he is gone though. One of the laziest players I’ve ever seen. Good riddance. Overrated.

  2. tuberippin - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Hey Montreal, even if Vanek walks at the end of the season, you’re still coming out with almost the same end product that the Islanders received.


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