The Islanders have acquired 26-year-old defenseman James Wisniewski from Anaheim in exchange for a conditional third-round pick in the 2011 draft.
As a restricted free agent, Wisniewski signed a one-year deal worth $3.25 million with the Ducks earlier today to avoid arbitration before being traded to the Islanders.
General manager Garth Snow, who has been trying to trade for an upgrade on defense all month, finally got that with the signing of Wisniewski. The Canton, Michigan native is coming off a career high in points last season--he finished with three goals and 27 assists in 69 games with Anaheim.
"We see James as a key addition to our team and we feel our fans will connect with his style of play," Snow said in a team press release. "He is a solid puck-moving defenseman who can bring an added element of toughness to our blue-line."
The Islanders have two third-round picks in the 2011 draft. In addition to their own, they acquired one from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a fourth-round pick (No. 85 overall) in this year's draft.