Habs get day off after Super Bowl weekend; Diaz traded to Canucks

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien decided to cancel a previously scheduled practice in Brossard Monday morning, giving his players the day off after back-to-back Super Bowl weekend games at the Bell Centre.

Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin announced Monday afternoon that he has traded defenceman Raphael Diaz to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for right-winger Dale Weise.

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

Weise, 25, has 3-9-12 totals in 44 games this season along with 42 penalty minutes and 65 hits. He is 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds.

The Canadiens will have a morning skate at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Brossard before facing the Calgary Flames Tuesday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690). The Canadiens will then face the Vancouver Canucks Thursday night at the Bell Centre before playing their final game before the Olympic break Saturday night in Carolina against the Hurricanes.

(Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Habs acquire Weise from Vancouver, Canadiens.com

Price caughs up tough loss to Jets, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

Gallagher takes beating in loss to Jets, by Pat Hickey

Cherry was wrong to take shot at Habs’ Prust, by The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs

Canadiens vs. Jets photo gallery, montrealgazette.com

Laying it on the line, Canadiens.com

Jets flying higher and higher, Winnipeg Free Press

Flames revel in five-game winning streak, Calgary Herald


  1. nek25plus says:

    If the Habs players had defended Gallagher at the end of Sundays game…there would have been a full out bench clearing brawl!

    Then Torts would have been off the hook and out of the spotlight!

  2. ArmyFan says:

    I’m wondering if this isn’t the first of several moves. This clears up a bit of the Defence logjam (good riddance, I say). But judging by his games played over the past couple seasons with Vancouver, Weise is a bona fide NHL 4th-liner. Something’s gotta give.

    In my (small) mind, they need to end this nonsense of putting guys like Bournival, Thomas, etc on the fourth line. Put out a true fourth line (3 of Prust/Moen/Weise/Parros). Which means that White’s gotta go – really like the guy, we already have a mid-size scrapper of higher caliber (Prust). Guys like Bournival and Thomas need to get and stay on the 3rd line to get a chance to prove themselves with decent playing time, which means Bourque (at least) has to go. Galchenyuk will be back, and hopefully at center sooner than later, which eats up another top-6 spot — DD or Briere, can you say “au revoir”?

    I know these guys won’t fetch much in return, but teams get a little crazy at the trade deadline. Just GIVE them away, for God’s sake, to free up the cap space and create some room for development, ’cause it’s not like we’re winning the Cup this year or next.

  3. smiler2729 says:

    Good trade.

    Who knows how Dale Wiese turns out here, he may become useful and even a fan favourite (the next Mike McPhee?) or he may just fade away and disappear (the next Todd Ewen?), all’s we know is Beaulieu is an upgrade over Diaz and Diaz was a UFA in 5 months and gone anyway…

    Jack Edwards is a clam.
    Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
    The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

  4. yakhab says:

    Dear Mr. Bergevin
    Geoff Molson described the regime represented by Gainey/Mr. Gauthier as having built something ……. that doesn’t -0p-= (oops sorry my cat walked across the keyboard ) work .
    Why have you not taken a cue from your boss & dismantle this construction ?
    MB you are not just scrutinized by the fans …. but also by an intelligent ambitious, boss , who will not wait forever for results (hey Mr. Gainey, Mr. Gauthier, Mr. Boivin ).
    Stop spending so much time on your hair, take a page out of Brian Burke’s book ( not referring to his bed side manner ) , and blow up this mess !
    Your team played its’ heart out this weekend …. & still lost !
    Take another sip of your Molson Canadian, develop some dutch courage, & and react before ….
    Geoff separates you from Molson’s Canadians

  5. govenah says:

    RE: Diaz trade.

    1 ineffective player gone. 6 more to go.
    And trade Markov now if we can get enough for him.

    The glass is MT.

  6. krob1000 says:

    Wow…just noticed tha Lars Eller is second on team in hits behind only Emelin? knew he was playing more phsyical but that is surprising.

    • The_Truth says:

      I Don’t think it’s surprising on a team like this. Says a lot, as Eller is hardly a physical force considering his size.

      Hence the Weise trade I guess

      The hits stat is pretty useless anyway IMO

  7. Pucknut says:

    Beaulieu is here to stay!!!!! Diaz was odd man out!!!! MB got what he could…That’s all!!!!

  8. krob1000 says:

    Dang it Kerry Fraser isided with the refs re Gallagher…

    • Tspidey78 says:

      *tooting my own horn*: I paraphrased Fraser’s explanation for the non-call(s) in a post yesterday at ~4:30 pm, in the game blog comments. Gally looked at the refs and threw his head around WAAY too often to get a call. Refs don’t like being told when to call a penalty, especially by someone who has been in the opposing team’s crease all game long. Not that it would’ve changed the outcome of the game…

  9. RC-51 says:

    Lets remember people Diaz is a UFA and Weise is RFA. Diaz wasn’t going to be resigned and was traded for something rather than lose him for nothing. Diaz was also free agent signing. so nothing for nothing?

    • The_Truth says:

      Pretty much. I mean I thought Diaz would get like a 4th rounder or something, so considering that, MB got what he could. It’s not like a UFA Diaz is Markov or Girardi or something.

      No forward outside Andrighetto is possible NHL worthy in Hamilton and there is no size or grit at all in the system coming the next few years, so not a bad trade to get a little 4th line depth.

      Now would love to ship Moen and his contract out if possible.

  10. Old Bald Bird says:

    So … is this a fair summary? We got a regular (hopefully) for a guy who wasn’t playing — AT ALL?

    • RetroMikey says:

      The guy has grit and character, more than I can say for other members of the team.
      And he plays big and will play big game in and out.
      Yeah, Bergy wants the team to be bigger like the Western teams!
      One step at a time I say.

      “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Retro, I feel so pumped when you post something positive! As in, if YOU’RE welcoming something, it must be good!

        I see no left coast games, so I don’t remember ever noticing this guy Weise: are you familiar with him? Is he truly “Western” style?
        From your fellow Mike.

        • RetroMikey says:

          Good old North American hocky boy from Western Canada.
          Although not as skilled as Plekanec or Eller to name a few, he will play rock em sock em hockey every shift, has the good size and plays the game hard, a forechecker who will open the spot for some skilled players we have and not afraid to fight!
          Sure, he will not play much ice time but will be a welcome addition to our small sized team.
          Yeah baby!

          “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  11. Hobie Hansen says:

    IS Diaz better than Markov, Subban, Gorges, Emelin, Beaulieu? The answer is NO! The Habs are size challenged so even a sluggish stay-at-home-defenceman like Murray is more of an asset to this team than Diaz!

    Diaz won’t be missed in the slightest. I was hoping he’d just walk for nothing in the summer! Instead, we got this Weise guy who’s probably an upgrade on Parros in terms of playing ability.

    Sounds like a win-win to me. Diaz sucked ass!!!! Don’t let the door hit him on the way out! Thank god he’s gone!

  12. Mattyleg says:

    So I’ll rent a van, and swing by and pick up all the HIOers who want to come to the Dorval airport to boo Weise as he gets off the plane to get him ready for playing for the CH!

    Please make an orderly list below so I can personalise your seats on the van.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  13. Maksimir says:

    I think this might be the key to this trade:

    Dave Stubbs ‏@Dave_Stubbs 1m
    #Habs Weise knows Prust a little for NYC, Moen from summertime, J.J. Daigneault asst coach in Hartford for 3 years

  14. TheDagger says:

    The last time the Canucks had their team skills competition, Weise was the fastest skater. In the right situation this guy *may* be useful.

  15. Trollhunter says:

    Let`s see… A 6th dman AT BEST for an immediate and future need (he`s 25). It`s a good trade and a step in the right direction. What were you expecting the twins?

  16. Stevie.Ray says:

    This deal is like trading a working head light, for a new cup holder, when the engine is still useless.

  17. marvin20 says:

    Maybe if they play him on a line with Gallagher, this trade could work. Weise can skate and plays with an edge. Will have to wait and see.

  18. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Reading through Vancouver reaction: Weise is a good guy who didn’t play with the grit that was asked of him. Diaz looks like a serviceable 5-6 dman who blocks a lot of shots (Torts will like) and can move the puck on the PP, but is small and soft.

  19. chemic says:

    a descent guy like Diaz for an waiver wire pickup, in my book thats kind of a bad deal . why do Bergevin wait for a trade until the value of a player is completly down is a riddle to me.

    • ont fan says:

      When was Diaz value up?

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      The “decent guy” was watching the games from the press box. Looks to me like the Habs traded a player their coach had lost confidence in to the Canucks for a guy that their coach had lost confidence in. Vancouver must feel like the need another D and the Habs have to feel like they need another forward. I think the Habs win the deal because the guy they got is under team control longer than the guy they gave up. Other than that it could go either way; it depends how they play in new surroundings.

  20. plum says:

    Holy Koivu!

    Guys, it’s not the end of the world. Personally, I didn’t see enough upside in Diaz that would warrant getting an impact player or high to mid level draft pick in a trade. I think the fact we got Weise, a gritty player with size and speed, is better than nothing.

    • Stevie.Ray says:

      I think the problem was the assessment of Diaz’s skills.

      MT and MB clearly didn’t think much of him which is why he has been sitting.

      Reality is Diaz was an undersized, decent puck mover, that couldn’t score to save his life, who also allowed the fewest scoring chances/ice time than any other Dman on the team. He was a below average top 4, but he was still clearly ahead of Murray, Boullion, and Emelin (this year at least). On this team, he was good enough to be playing regular minutes and he wasn’t, which caused his value to plummet and forced us to trade for a fringe NHLer when we could have gotten a bit more. Not a ton more, but somebody more established for sure.

  21. Maksimir says:

    Just for perspective… Weise has more points this season than:


    (Parros or White – though both played fewer games)

  22. Mattyleg says:

    Geoff Molson just tweeted good luck to Diaz.
    Good stuff.

    Anyone looking at the Van boards? Reactions?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  23. Marcusman says:

    Diaz is a great skater and fairly athletic, making him a decent puck mover and when playing well. he could recover the puck quickly in our zone.. but the guy couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn with his shot….he had one nice goal in the whole time he’s played for us…have no problem with him being moved….would of preferred him to have been packaged off with one or two others for something more top 6 ish

  24. RC-51 says:

    I think MB could’ve got more for Diaz closer to Mar. 5th. That being said what do you expect to get for a player who has been a healthy scratch for 8 STRAIGHT games? Team can’t score but we’ll sit a defenseman like Diaz who can help with the offense for a player who has 2 assists and who is slower than molasses! Once again MT genius handy work!! MB has got to fire the coach and replace him with someone who knows how to use the players he has properly!

    • Kooch7800 says:

      Do you really think Diaz could have handled Big buff the way Murray did?
      Murray has his usefulness and it is something we seriously lack on our back end

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • RC-51 says:

        NO but, tinordi would be able to do exactly what Murray does and gain valuable experience. He should be on this team as should Beaulieu permanently!

        • Kooch7800 says:

          Tinordi is just starting to play better in Hamilton over the last month.
          A full season in the AHL won’t hurt him and was warranted. He will be up next year.

          Tinordi is also not the same brick sh*t house that Murray is

          “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • Luke says:

      “for a player that has 2 assists…”?

      Not sure where tyou get that…Weisey (yah, we buds now) has 3g 9a for 12 points in 44GP.

      Oh wait, I get it. Replaced by Murray, not Weisey… gotcha. Sorry.

      Umm… Murray and Diaz are different players. Not looking for the offense out of Murray, wouldn’t look for the thunder from Diaz. Apples/oranges etc

    • The_Truth says:

      Diaz is a skillful player, but was not going to be resigned. Management saw Beaulieu could handle a bottom pairing role and it was just time to move on. Economics played a large part as well as team make-up.

      He had to go before March 5th and MB got what he could.

  25. Forum Dog says:

    Poor Weber. Diaz usurps his spot on two teams now. Those guys must be either good buddies or worst enemies…..

    Funny ’cause I always figured he’d end up in Van-city. Weise will be a welcome addition to the Habs, but who does he displace? Maybe he just plays off the bench and takes Parros minutes, but I expect he’ll get more ice than that. He will be an effective 4th liner with some bite, but he is not a great fighter.

    More shoes to drop?

  26. adadi says:

    Another trade done at the wrong time. Canucks probably won this one.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      I don’t think there was much of a market for Diaz and as some posters have eluded to Drewskie will be back after the Olympic break so the GM had to make room as they are all on one way deals. I also think Beaulieu will be sticking with the big club for awhile. Wouldn’t be surprised if the cube is moved as well

      Diaz may be ok on another team he just wasn’t a good fit here. He has some skills that could help a team like Vancouver.

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • Cal says:

      The Swiss Miss won’t have anywhere to hide in the West. Habs win- younger player, bigger player- smaller cap hit. RFA arbitration eligible next year. So, sure, if you think the Habs lost the trade, go ahead.

    • ont fan says:

      People would give half the team away for a couple of broken sticks and you think this is a loser trade

    • Psycho29 says:

      WOW….You don’t like the trade. There’s a shocker.

  27. Frank2468 says:

    Well here is an article from Vancouver about the trade just hope MB didn’t get fleeced and maybe could of gotten something more? Maybe a draft pick as well even a 3rd rounder?


  28. Eddie says:

    In 4 fights this year hockey fights.com has Weise losing 3 out 4 with fans voting over 90% agreement on his losses each time.

  29. Strummer says:

    Wow- Diaz for 7-minute- man Weise.

    This is the kind of trade that only happens on trade deadline day on TSN when James Duthie, embarrassed, announces it at 2PM.
    “It’s just an opinion- I could be wrong”

  30. adadi says:

    Anybody else feel that MT should have been throwing sticks on the ice after the inexcusable behavior of the refs at the end of the game. He needs to stop getting on PK’s case and start letting the obvious anti-Montreal bias that many refs seem to harbor not go unnoticed. As long as the dynamic duo of MT and MB roll over it will keep happening.

  31. sirs81 says:

    I would put him with eller and bork make a big line 🙂

  32. Eddie says:

    Weiss was the guy who got suspended for a head hit against Taylor Hall during the exhibition games.

  33. Sportfan says:

    Does this mean they might try and trade Moen?

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  34. Habfan17 says:

    Dale Weise, from The Sports Forecaster Season preview issue.

    ” The enthusiastic mucker missed 5 games due to injury but played 40, which was the second most of his career. Two of his three goals were game winners, which is always a boost from a 4th liner. Weise returned to the NHL after racking up 48 points in 19 games in the Netherlands during the lock out. He is a team first guy!”

    Sounds like a good addition for Diaz to me!


  35. adadi says:

    I’ve always that that Diaz is a better player than he has shown. Not sure Torts is the one to get it out of him.

  36. RC-51 says:

    Glad Habs have the day off today after the garbage they displayed this weekend. Therrien is a genius lose 2 games and I’ll give you a day off? WTF?

  37. RetroMikey says:

    Yeah I like this trade, Bergevin wants our team bigger and we got a good Canadian boy who plays with grit and physical play to his game. Good work ethic, not a floater like some players we have here who are too soft.
    We need some more Bergy!
    Let’s trade Markov, Plekanec, Gionta, and some other ones in some packages while their stock is still good.
    We will get BIG AND BETTER but that is up to Bergevin if he wants us to see results in less than 3 years time.
    If not, expect the same team, same old same old I say, as in previous seasons.
    Sad to see Diaz go, but you got to give to get.

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  38. Eddie says:

    So why would John Tortorella want to trade a tough gritty winger for a small, quick dman?

    I wonder what UCE thinks?

    He actually follows the Cnucks.

  39. adadi says:

    Hope Weise does not become another useless player like Bourque.

  40. Marcusman says:

    So what does the trade do for Cap situation? anyone?

  41. rljmartin says:

    Wish Diaz well. He has a lot of talent, on the right team, used at the proper moments and he will do very well.

    Do not know what to think of the trade. Lot’s of talk about Weise’s potential for development but who have you seen grow and develop into the player they should be under this coaching staff? This is a dead serious question and you can’t answer Price or Budaj.

    • adamkennelly says:

      I’m fine with the trade. Diaz was worth nothing on this Habs team – especially with Beaulieu’s play of late.

      In Weise Habs get some size and toughness – can’t be any worse than Moen and is only 25.

  42. krob1000 says:

    This the type of kid MB could sign at 3 years for around 3 million in total and could potentially be a steal in years 2 and 3.

  43. NightRyder says:

    Weise-Diaz is shuffling the deck chairs. If you haven’t watched him, Weise is actually a tremendous skater. Bit of a punching bag, though.

    • krob1000 says:

      Ironically enough though in Montreal he would get to step down a weight class…. Parros, Prust and Murray will all share duties and he is in the Moen class. Good news is he is not only that…he still has a shot of develpoing into more than that at his age and given he has never had that opportunity. I like the layer..sad to see Diaz go but I like everything I am reading…

  44. Chuck says:

    A defenseman who wasn’t playing for a 3rd/4th liner, who will replace the minutes of another under performing 3rd/4th liner who will be traded. I’m ok with that.

    Is the writing on the wall fro Frankie Boo, too?

  45. krob1000 says:

    Weise in 7 mins per game had more points than many Habs 3rd liners and def more than the 4th liners inlcuding Prust, Moen, Parros, Bourque, White…he has the same amount of points as Michal Bournival.

  46. kalevine says:

    relax folks, it’s another depth signing
    we are well stocked in 3rd and 4th liners but they do get hurt alot

  47. theflukester says:

    Lousy weekend for the Habs man! Talk about boring uninspired hockey. Glad I missed the Sunday game (due to other commitments). I’d have been annoyed just like the Saturday game.

    @Gallagher getting beaten up. I feel sorry for the guy because he truly puts in a great effort each game but his team does not stand up for him. Refs don’t help much either. They are blind or dumb or biased.

    @Briere this guy is playing good almost every time he is on the ice lately and something happens. It really sucks how Therrien is treating him.

    @Gionta don’t like this guy and even more so because he has the “C” on his shirt that is so undeserved. The guy goes out and passes horribly ruining play after play, chicken along the boards yet he never misses a shift and he’s on powerplay all the time. Coaches pet? I think so. Therrien’s little buddy? I think so. I don’t think the ‘C’ on his shirt should exempt him from playing lousy hockey.

    I hope Bergevin benches Therrien this summer. Don’t like him. This team is winning because of the talent we have, certainly not his strategy and dumb line changes. He doesn’t know how to use his players its obvious when he’s scrambling lines as he does. To me that just proves it. I feel sorry for Eller, he has no consistent line, he’s on this line and then that line. He deserves better than being Therrien’s patch solution.

    Oh well..

    Play every game as if it is your last one. Guy Lafleur

  48. Say Ash says:

    Weise played in the Dutch League during the lockout:
    48 points in 19 games (22 G, 28 A)

  49. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Weise has 5 more hits than Bourque this season.

  50. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Uh oh:

    New #Habs F Weise apparently butted heads more than once with #Canucks Torts; Vancouver wanted lots of grit that wasn’t always delivered

    (from Stubbs)

  51. jols101 says:

    Another trade has to be in the works. We had too many forwards before this trade. When Chucky and White get back that will make 15 in total.

    Edit: 16 with Thomas who is likely on his way back to Hamilton.

  52. New says:

    Good luck to Diaz in Vancouver. Fresh start under a different philosophy. Hope he does fantastic and lands a great contract (except against one team).

    • Stevie.Ray says:

      Montreal girls are going to riot after this one.

      • kalevine says:

        yes our overall handsomeness as a team has taken a major hit, the sort of hit Eller took when Diaz fed him one of his patented sucker passes and ended our playoff hopes last year

    • kalevine says:

      I can’t believe Vancouver traded for Diaz when they already have Weber. And here we thought no team would ever follow the Habs’ blueprint for success

      ps on the surface this looks like a good move

      • New says:

        The best of out of the situation for both teams. You can’t motivate without a reward and you can’t discourage without a penalty. Beaulieu earned a job by taking another’s away. Weise comes into a situation where bigger minutes are available if he can take them, and where 7-10 are needed which he can provide anyway. The guy to ask for predictions would be Prust.

  53. Psycho29 says:

    Weise, 25, has three goals and nine assists while averaging 7:45 of ice time in 44 games.

    He can become a restricted free agent after the season.

  54. jon514 says:

    Did we just trade for Tom Kostopoulos 2.0? Natural RW with size. Brings his lunch pale and work boots.. I like it! Unleash Nate the great!

  55. JUST ME says:

    Just can`t wait for the Habs to trade a major name (insert name here). Look at your comments guys. They just traded a guy that was not playing, was not going to play anymore either and was going to ask for 3 or 3.5. millions a year starting next season. What if we had lost him for nothing ? Would have been apocalypse !

  56. krob1000 says:

    Just for the record Weise’s AHL stats were better than most HAb forwards…offensively! HE has not earned that role in the NHL but the guy scored 28 in the AHL as a kid and then followed up with similar…he has been cast in a banger role but he is a gamble that at worst is what he is…an upgrade on the 4th…at best he could be a 10-15 goal guy who can make space and stand up for some teammates. Better IMO than any 2nd or 3rd draft pick that would take years to develop. He will be ready and in his prime along with the core group on the team.

    • montreal ace says:

      Good post I don’t see this as a bad trade

      • krob1000 says:

        I like the kid from what I am reading..only seen bits and pieces on tv of him and nothing too memorable and he did nto stand out but looking into his background makes sense…he has some possible untapped offesnive potentail. Personally I ahve wanted the team to sing Diaz and move Gorges who I think they could have got a low end top 6 guy for…but if he must go I like this deal.

  57. Sportfan says:

    I don’t know how I feel about this trade, I’ll reserve time before I bad mouth it completely, or get overly excited. However I feel as the the Habs could have picked up a pick with Wiese as well.

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  58. punkster says:

    My guess, early I know but it’s worth a shot…

    Weise replaces Bourque who will either be press boxed or traded soon and while he doesn’t have the “potenial” to be what Bourque had the “potential” to be, Weise will likely bang and crash in the corners for the Therrien “Chips and Cheese” system.

    Fixes nothing but adds character.


  59. habsfan0 says:

    Watch Diaz score a hat trick Thursday for the Canucks against the Habs.
    This place will go nuts.

  60. frontenac1 says:

    Dale Weise is a middleweight with a With a 45% career win record. He will drop his mitts to defend a team mate but doesnt usually win.
    His best moment came a couple of years ago against Horton. Still, He is more what we need to help with making room for and protecting our smaller guys. A win trade imo.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYwMBD_Vxnw

  61. Steeltown Hab says:

    Couldn’t get a 3rd round pick or something for Diaz? On a team with Moen, Prust, Parros, and White, why are we acquiring a 4th line winger?

    Even a 4th Line C I could understand despite being unhappy about it.


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    • Stevie.Ray says:

      lol I know. Our fourth line is one of the few areas where I thought we were fine. I’m just hoping this means Parros won’t be playing anymore.

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      a 3rd round pick?
      You’ll be lucky if a 3rd rounder ever plays a game in the NHL. At least we got back an NHL’er in return.

      …Yes, I know where Gallagher was drafted.

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