Posts Tagged ‘James Wisniewski’


Many trades were made prior to the July 1 opening of the NHL’s 2011 Free Agency, and media outlets have declared James Wisniewski the big winner. Just two days before the open of Free Agency, the Montreal Canadiens traded the rights to the defenseman to the Columbus Blue Jackets who had roughly 48 hours to sign him or allow him to become a free agent. The Jackets were able to lock Wisniewski for six years at a reported $33 million. In exchange for the 27-year-old, the Canadiens received a 2012 7th-round draft pick.

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Defenseman James Wisniewski has been traded from the New York Islanders to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for two draft picks. The 26-year-old blue liner will assume some of the defensive duties while Habs defenseman Andrei Markov is out for the season due to knee surgery.

This marks the fourth team for which Wisniewski has played in his six NHL seasons. The Chicago Blackhawks traded him to the Anaheim Ducks during the 2008-09 season, and after taking the Ducks to arbitration for the second summer in a row, the team traded him to the Islanders in Summer 2010.

During his short stint with the Islanders, Wisniewski quickly became one of the teams’ leading scorers and eventually an alternate captain. He automatically becomes the highest scoring Montreal defenseman with 21 points including 18 assists.

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The NHL has handed down a few more suspensions this week. New York Islanders defenseman James Wisniewski has been suspended for two games for making an “inappropriate gesture” at New York Rangers forward Sean Avery. Wisniewski will forfeit $79,268.30 in salary under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The steepness of the fine reflects the fact that Wisniewski is considered a repeat offender after serving an eight-game suspension last season as a member of the Anaheim Ducks.  On March 17, 2010, Wisniewski put a retaliatory hit on Chicago Blackhawks’ Brent Seabrook after Seabrook failed to be penalized for a violent hit on Ducks forward Corey Perry. A few seasons ago, Wisniewski also received a suspension for a violent hit while he was with the Chicago Blackhawks. This latest suspension may seem a bit overboard, but the league takes the previous transgressions into consideration.  

On the heels of the Wisniewski suspension, the league announced that defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson of the Chicago Blackhawks has also been suspended for two games for a hit from behind on Jason Pominville of the Buffalo Sabres. Hjalmarsson will forfeit $37,634.40 in salary and won’t be eligible to play again until Saturday, Oct. 16.

Following a number of hits to the head and hits from behind last season, the league has cracked down on such conduct in an attempt to prevent injuries.

Personally, considering the obscene gesture by Wisniewski was made toward Sean Avery, I think Wiz should have gotten off with a warning or just the fine. After all, Avery is the NHL’s No. 1 agitator and the man can really bring it out in anyone. I know…rules are rules.

– CeeCee

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