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‘Rejuvenated’ Weise enjoying the belief of his coach in Montreal

Apr 18, 2014, 3:48 PM EDT

Dale Weise, P.K. Subban AP

Apparently, a fresh start in Montreal is just what Dale Weise needed.

Traded to the Canadiens by Vancouver in February, the 25-year-old forward was the overtime hero Wednesday in Tampa Bay. Not surprisingly, he’s feeling pretty good about life in the NHL these days.

“I just feel like my career got rejuvenated,” he said, per the Canadian Press. “The coaches here believe in me, they’ve had nothing but good things to say about me and look at the amount we were playing in overtime.

“It’s a coach (Michel Therrien) that has some trust in me and that just instills confidence in me. I just feel like every game I play with this team I continue to build confidence and get better.”

Weise’s coach with the Canucks was John Tortorella. The two were also together for a time in New York with the Rangers.

From the Vancouver Sun:

Weise and Tortorella had their problems when both were with the New York Rangers and there had been signs player and coach weren’t always seeing eye to eye in Vancouver.

“I thought I had some good stretches where I played real well,” Weise told Team 1040 radio on Monday. “I think I had my most success when I had the seven games there on the third line. It was easier for me to get in the action and contribute a little more. I was happy with my role in Vancouver and I thought I did it to the best of my ability.”

A good skater, Weise showed signs he could produce offensively while in the AHL, where he scored 57 times in 194 games for Hartford from 2008-11. He also had a rather prolific run — 22 goals and 26 assists in 19 games — while playing in the Netherlands during the lockout.

He looked pretty good scoring Wednesday’s winner, too.

“I got down on one leg, the old Brett Hull, and I just ripped it,” he said.

  1. stcrowe - Apr 18, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    I did not think much of him when he was picked up by Montreal. Hadn’t seen much of him, and he sounded like some sort of middle-weight enforcer. Having now seen him play a few times, he looks like he can be a useful role player.

    The trouble between him and Tortorella just goes to show that Torts and Gillis were not on the same page. Something is wrong when the coach doesn’t want to use the players that the GM gives him.

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