The Montreal Canadiens acquired Dale Weise in February for seldom used defenseman Raphael Diaz, and the right winger proved to be invaluable down the stretch and in the postseason for the Habs. Weise just re-signed with the team and will earn just one million dollars for each of the next two seasons.
That contract is an absolute bargain for the Montreal Canadiens, as Weise stepped in and was an excellent depth player for the Habs. Sure, Weise is just a fourth line winger, but he bring size, speed, is a smart hockey player and can help out on the penalty kill.
For just one million dollar over the next two season, the 25 year old Weise has a cap hit comparable to Patrick Bordeleau of the Colorado Avalanche, Pat Dwyer of the Carolina Hurricanes and Jesse Joensuu of the Edmonton Oilers, basically a who’s who of healthy scratches around the league.
Weise scored four points in 17 games with the Habs, but stepped up in the postseason, scoring seven points in 16 games before being injured with a concussion. Weise scored the overtime winning goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the opening round of the playoffs, allowing the Canadiens to sweep the Lightning in four straight.
Considering Diaz was later dealt by the Vancouver Canucks to the New York Rangers for a fourth round pick, and Diaz was a healthy scratch throughout the Rangers run to the Stanley Cup Final, I would say the Habs got the best of the Canucks in this deal.
Now that the Canadiens have taken care of their depth winger, and saved a few dollars in the process, they can focus on key players before free agency begins on July 1st. P.K. Subban and Lars Eller are restricted free agents and Andrei Markov and captain Brian Gionta are unrestricted.