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Habs trade Wisniewski's negotiating rights to Columbus

James Wisniewski #20 of the Montreal Canadiens and David Booth #10 of the Florida Panthers both stop at the same time during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on February 2, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Canadiens defeated the Panthers 3-2.

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The Montreal Canadiens have traded the negotiating rights to pending free agent defenceman James Wisniewski to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a draft pick and future considerations, the NHL team said on Wednesday.

Wisniewski, 27, set career highs in goals (10), assists (41), points (51) and power-play goals (seven) last season while playing for the New York Islanders and Canadiens.

The Blue Jackets said the seventh-round selection in next year's draft that it sent to Montreal will become a fifth-round pick in 2012 if Columbus signs Wisniewski prior to the 2011-12 season.

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