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Canadiens trade rights to Wisniewski to Jackets

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MONTREAL (AP) - The Montreal Canadiens traded the rights to defenseman James Wisniewski to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a seventh-round pick Wednesday.

A condition of the deal is that if the Blue Jackets are able to sign the potential unrestricted free agent to a contract, the pick will be in the fifth round next year rather than the seventh.

The Canadiens obtained Wisniewski from the New York Islanders on Dec. 28 for a second-round pick and a conditional fifth-round selection. The power-play specialist had 10 goals, 41 assists in 75 games last season.

He earned $3.25 million last season.

The Canadiens weren't expected to try to retain Wisniewski after they made a contract offer this week to veteran Roman Hamrlik, who can also become an unrestricted free agent Friday.

Also Wednesday, Montreal re-signed Yannick Weber to a two-year contract. The defenseman had a goal and 10 assists in 41 games last season. He will make $800,000 next season and $900,000 in 2012-13.

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