Jan 16, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) makes a save on Vancouver Canucks right wing Dale Weise (32) during the first period at Jobing.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens Deal Raphael Diaz To Vancouver Canucks For Dale Weise

Dec 6, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Phoenix Coyotes forward Kyle Chipchura (24) is boarded by Vancouver Canucks forward Dale Weise (32) during the third period at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Canadiens dealt Raphael Diaz to the Vancouver Canucks this afternoon, in exchange for Dale Weise.

Dec 14, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Raphael Diaz (61) makes a pass against the New York Islanders during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Canadiens won the game 1-0 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Diaz was a healthy scratch the past eight games, even with the Habs struggling to score goals, and the likes of Douglas Murray continuing to suit up.

It had become clear that Michel Therrien did not like using Diaz, probably because he is not a gritty enough player to be in Therrien’s good books.

Diaz offensive game had gone south recently, as he tallied no goals and just one point in the past 16 games. He currently has 11 points in 46 games.

Dale Weise brings a physical element to the Canadiens bottom six forward lines. He is a 6’2” and 220 pound winger who will take the place of George Parros in the lineup.

Weise has scored three goals and 12 points in 44 games with the Canucks this season.

Weise comes with a salary cap hit of $750,000, and at the age of 25 will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season. Diaz is in the final year of his contract as well, but will be an unrestricted free agent when his deal is finished. This means the Habs save a few dollars this year off of Diaz’ 1.225 million dollar deal, and will have control of Weise going forward, while Diaz could walk away for nothing in free agency.

Weise will join the Habs tomorrow and could play when they host the Calgary Flames tomorrow night.

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