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No one saw this coming.
The Montreal Canadiens, usually content with the status quo on deadline day, actually went out and made a big move to improve the team.
In acquiring Thomas Vanek, the Habs were able to come away with one of the top players available at this year's trade deadline. They also solved their biggest need, a scoring winger who can provide secondary offense.
Vanek, of course, is a two-time 40 goal scorer in the NHL. This season, he has 21 goals and 53 points in 60 games.
He is also an unrestricted free agent at the end of this year, essentially making him a rental. Montreal could, and will, try to re-sign him, but his heart seems to be set on playing in Minnesota.
Vanek played his collegiate hockey in Minnesota, his wife is from the Twin Cities and he spends his summers there, according to Judd Zulgad of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
But this rental will help Montreal down the stretch and into the playoffs. If the Canadiens are able to get deep into the playoffs, he'll certainly be worth the price of Sebastien Collberg and a second-round pick.
Michel Therrien would not hint as to who Vanek would play with in his Canadiens debut on Thursday, March 6. He's expected to line up alongside Tomas Plekanec, however, in hopes of providing the top line with a little more offensive support, per Sportsnet.ca.
Marc Bergevin made a statement with this move. He obviously believes that the current Montreal Canadiens have what it takes to succeed once given a little help. By showing confidence in the squad and acquiring one of the best players available, he earned a top grade.