30 July 2010
The Islanders continued to bolster their blue line today with the acquisition of James Wisniewski from the Anaheim Ducks. Wisniewski, 5'11, 197 lbs, spent time in Chicago before joining the Ducks in 2008. He had just signed a one year deal with Anaheim worth $3.2 million this afternoon prior to the trade.
Last season Wisniewski scored 3 goals, 27 assists and 30 points in 69 games as well as averaged over 24 minutes per game. "We see James as a key addition to our team and we feel our fans will connect with his style of play," Islanders General Manager, Garth Snow, said in a team released statement. "He is a solid puck-moving defenseman who can bring an added element of toughness to our blue-line."
However his toughness did land him in trouble last season after he delivered a knock out hit on Brent Seabrook that earned him an eight game suspension from the NHL.
But overall the trade has been well received, especially by Chris Botta. "Tonight, the Islanders are a much better hockey team because of Snow's acquisition of Wisniewski," Botta wrote on his blog tonight.
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