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MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens have acquired winger Thomas Vanek from the New York Islanders.

Montreal sent forward prospect Sebastien Collberg, a 2014 second-round pick and a conditional fifth-rounder to the Islanders for Vanek on Wednesday.

Vanek, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, becomes the Canadiens leading scorer with 53 points. The 30-year-old is in the final season of a $50-million, seven-year contract.

It's the second time Vanek has been traded this season. The Islanders gave up winger Matt Moulson along with first- and second-round picks to get Vanek in late October.

Collberg was Montreal's second-round pick in the 2012 draft.

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