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Trade: Canucks acquire Diaz from Montreal for Weise

Feb 3, 2014, 12:41 PM EDT

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In his first day back on the job, John Tortorella is getting himself a new player.

The Canucks have acquired Montreal defenseman Raphael Diaz in exchange for forward Dale Weise, it was announced on Monday. For Vancouver, the move makes sense as the club has lost the services of Kevin Bieksa (undisclosed) until after the Olympic break, along with fellow blueliner Chris Tanev (broken thumb).

Diaz, 28, is a pending UFA making $1.225 million this season. The Swiss rearguard — he’ll be representing his country at the upcoming Olympics — has 11 points in 46 games this season, but has been in and out of Montreal’s crowded blueline mix (the Habs had nine defensemen on NHL contracts and some good young prospects in AHL Hamilton). Diaz had been a healthy scratch in seven of Montreal’s last 10 games.

He’s not the most physical rearguard in the league, but was one of only three Canadiens with at least 100 blocked shots — something that should fit Tortorella’s style well.

As for Weise, he’s spent the last three years in Vancouver carving a niche as a speedy, bottom-six checking forward that’s not afraid to fight. He showed some decent offensive upside this season — scoring a career-high 12 points in just 44 games — but, like Diaz, has been in and out of the lineup recently.

Weise, 25, is currently on a one-year, $750,000 deal. He’ll be a restricted free agent at season’s end.

“A young veteran with 162 games of experience at the NHL level, Weise is a winger with a physical style of play who brings additional toughness and grit to our group of forwards,” said Habs GM Marc Bergevin.

  1. joey4id - Feb 3, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Not much talent going to Montreal, but at least their getting some size up front. I suppose this means the Habs management is happy with Beaulieu’s development.

    • bsaures - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      Its actually better than I expected 12 points in 44 games is pretty decent when you consider he has played less than 8 mins a night this year. If they bump up his time to around 10 mins he probly could be a solid 25-30+ point guy. Plus he brings size in the bottom six which was needed. Plus because he can fight it means not dressing Parros which is a plus.

      Diaz was going to be gone after this year anyways he is a solid 3rd pairing guy but with Pateryn, Tinordi, along with Beaulieu all ready or near ready to be full time nhlers he didnt have a place anymore. He wasnt playing and likely would play only a few more games this season had he stayed.

      • joey4id - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        100% in agreement with your assessment of Diaz! I thought the Habs could have gotten rid of him earlier, but they had a few injuries and the young d were not ready. Bergevin is showing a lot of patience and taking is time to build the team. He’s been to the University of Chicago Black Hawks.

      • elvispocomo - Feb 3, 2014 at 2:51 PM

        Weise can move up the line up for short stints and increase his role/playing time, but it’s not something he’d excel at on the regular. Serviceable guy for sure though, fast skater (fastest at Canucks skills day two years running) with some skill. So long as he’s playing a simple game related to his role he is a pretty good 4th liner.

      • withseidelinn - Feb 3, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        Lol 30 points. Ya right.

      • bsaures - Feb 3, 2014 at 3:45 PM

        withseidelinn- How is it a stretch to say he can be a 30 + point player. His ppg so far this year would put him on pace for just under 24 while being in and out of the lineup and playing under 8 mins. He will fit in very well to montreals system with his speed and get more icetime (closer to 9-10 mins) which will naturally add to his point totals. He is still young and should improve as well.

      • withseidelinn - Feb 3, 2014 at 4:53 PM

        He’s a career 4th liner man. Stop boosting him

      • bsaures - Feb 3, 2014 at 5:15 PM

        How is it boosting to expect a small point improvement (1 point every 13.5 games) for a player who is still young and that will get a opportunity to play 2+ more mins a night ? Even on the 4th line regular MTL players with the exception of Parros play roughly 10 mins a night. He is currently playing less than 8.

      • elvispocomo - Feb 3, 2014 at 5:34 PM

        20+ guy on a regular basis over a full season is a maybe, but to expect 25+ to 30 is unrealistic.

      • elvispocomo - Feb 3, 2014 at 5:37 PM

        And actually he’s on pace for 22 over an 82 game season, and is working on career highs this year. He’s more likely to be a 15-20 point guy in a good year.

  2. guitarhunterdude - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Pretty bad trade for the Habs. They gave up a useful #4 defenseman for a fourth-line scrub. It’s not a franchise-breaker, but it’s deals like this that slowly make teams worse.

    • bsaures - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      He hasnt been a #4 dman on the habs since Emelin came back. He had fallen of the depth chart to basically #7-8 behind Subban, Markov, Emelin, Gorges, Murray, Beaulieu. They basically traded a guy who would at most probably play 5 more games this year for a solid 3rd/4th liner who can replace Parros while putting up some points

  3. dropthepuckeh - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Prust, Parros, Moen, White and now Weiss. Seems like the Habs are getting ready for war. I guess they will need them to protect Subban and his antics.

  4. packerswin96 - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Diaz was not the same after is suicide pass nearly got Eller killed last playoffs, Habs need size, we got some size, not sure why any Habs fan would complain about this trade.

  5. hosewater2 - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    If I’m the Canucks I’m happy with this…Weise was claimed on waivers and didn’t bring much to the table. Willingness to fight? Sometimes…unless the game is against Boston.

    • elvispocomo - Feb 3, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      He’s fought against Boston before. If you’re referring to the Thornton incident where Weise was talking with McQuaid and Thornton thought it’d be funny to step in the middle before they got a chance, then that’s not saying much. Marchand himself let the cat out of the bag that Thornton knew what was going on which forced Thornton to admit to it as well. Then there was the Thornton surprise interview as well, where he claimed he’d fought multiple times in an NHL game before, but was also false as he’d only done it in juniors.

      TL;DR, don’t fault Weise for Thornton being a dummy.

      • rrsm53 - Feb 4, 2014 at 7:14 AM

        Weise will do nothing for Montreal, we will see if he shows up against boston. He wont fight Thornton or McQuaid because they will hand him his head. His face hasnt met a fist yet it doesnt like. Great pick up for the canadians lmao.

  6. 19to77 - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Diaz is much more skilled than Weise, and has a higher upside for sure – however, Montreal is extremely crowded at defense, every GM knows it and the trade market is pretty much flat right now, so I don’t know if they could have got much more for a struggling player anyway. Weise also adds more of the physical game that they need. They did undersell a bit, though.

  7. elvispocomo - Feb 3, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    From what I understand for Diaz, he’s a good shot blocker and positionally sound, but not very physical on D considering his size. On offence his shot is just average (or worse?) but he’s a good passer. Any more detail, like on his skating?

    • elvispocomo - Feb 3, 2014 at 5:43 PM

      Bueller?… Bueller?… Bueller?…

      Where are all the Montreal fans on this board when you want to hear from them?

      • thesportsjudge - Feb 3, 2014 at 8:24 PM

        They only come on PHT to bash Boston/the Bruins.

  8. bigtganks - Feb 3, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    What’s funny is these teams play Thursday. Seems GMMG trades players who play against their former team within a matter of a few days.

  9. nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 3, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Note to Halford:
    “…checking forward that’s not afraid to fight.”
    People are “who”.
    Things are “that”.

  10. bruinpred - Feb 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Poor Weise(l) – Now he is in Shawn Thornton’s division

  11. muckleflugga - Feb 3, 2014 at 6:04 PM


    who dat who say who dat … ?

    if one is applying strict rules of grammar, your argument regarding usage of terms ‘who’ for persons and ‘that’ for things might hold … in academic work … this is a blog

    usage of ‘that’ as a relative pronoun is common in literature … the device is used intentionally by learned writers knowing the distinction in treating a noun objectively … with purpose

    parsing halford’s statement regarding dale weise, i would argue usage of ‘that’ is in reference to “… carving a niche as a speedy, bottom-six checking forward that’s not afraid to fight.”

    is a distinct role in creating a niche a who or a that …?

    in this instance, i interpret the term ‘niche’ to be a bottom-six position possessed of qualities of a speedy checking forward that is not afraid to fight … general qualities objectively removed from weise himself but descriptive of his unique role in hockey

    insofar as the trade is concerned, i believe weise brings a skill-set that answers those needs of les canadiens that in the moment, make them a better team … speed and a will to throw down

    who dat who made dem habs habs radder den hab nots …?

    dale weise dat who

    • kaptaanamerica - Feb 3, 2014 at 7:29 PM

      ok blomfeld, i won’t auto thumbs down muckleflugga your alter ego… just make sure the two aliases remain distinctly different…

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