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Thomas Vanek recorded a hat trick for the Canadiens in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Avalanche.

Vanek had been held without a goal in his previous five games as a member of the Canadiens so we definitely didn't see this coming. The goals give him 24 on the season, which he accumulated with three different teams. Dale Weise, Travis Moen and Brandon Prust also scored goals for the Habs in the win.

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Thomas Vanek played in his first game in Buffalo since being traded to the New York Islanders.

Vanek was later shipped to the Montreal Canadiens. For Vanek, the fact that the Sabres dealt him probably didn't come as much of a surprise, given that he had already decided to move on going into this season. "I just asked what direction this team was going in," Vanek said. "No one really had an answer. That's when I kind of made up my mind that July 1 is probably a goal of mine." Vanek stuck with his decision of becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer, even when the Islanders offered him a $50 million extension. The fact that Vanek turned that contract down is what led to him being traded a second time in a single season. He didn't record a point in his return, but Montreal won 2-0.

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Thomas Vanek is switching from left wing to right wing in order to accomodate some line shuffling in Montreal.

Vanek prefers playing on the left side so this will be a challenge for him. Although he is slated to skate on a line with the talented Max Paciorrety and David Desharnais, Vanek may struggle with the position switch. Keep that in mind if you have Vanek on your fantasy squad.

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Thomas Vanek collected his first point as a Canadien in the Habs' 4-1 loss to Boston on Wednesday night.

Vanek assisted on David Desharnais' third period goal, finally getting his first point on his new team in his third game and first at the Bell Centre. Vanek has 21 goals and 54 points spread over three teams this season.

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Thomas Vanek will play his first game in front of Montreal's fans on Wednesday night.

He's still looking for his first point with the Canadiens since he was acquired on deadline day from the New York Islanders. Vanek will be back playing with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta on Wednesday after he saw some time with David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty late in Saturday's loss against San Jose.

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Thomas Vanek had one shot and a minus-1 rating in his first game with Montreal.

He logged 15:34 of ice time with his new team after being acquired from the New York Islanders. Vanek played alongside Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta, but it looks like the trio will need some time to gel.

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Thomas Vanek will make his Montreal debut on Thursday.

He joined his new teammates for practice in the morning. "It's a little bit overwhelming, but since the minute I found out I had been traded to Montreal, they've treated me first class," he said. "We just had a quick meeting this morning and I'm sure coach will let me know (who I'm playing with) later." Montreal probably won't break up their top line of Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher, but Vanek should get top-six minutes and plenty of power-play time.

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The New York Islanders might end up getting a second round pick from the Thomas Vanek trade to Montreal.

If Montreal makes the playoffs, then the Islanders will get that pick from Montreal. In that scenario, the Canadiens would receive an Islanders fifth-round selection in exchange.

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Thomas Vanek has reportedly been traded to Montreal, according to multiple sources.

Details to follow.

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Thomas Vanek will not play in Tuesday's game against Winnipeg.

That doesn't necessarily mean that Vanek will be traded tonight, although it's an obvious possibility. There's no real reason for the Islanders to play Vanek either way, given that they do intend on trading him before the deadline and winning Tuesday's contest won't change their fate. They might as well keep Vanek out of the game rather than risk him getting hurt.