Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Tuesday that forward Dale Weise has been signed to a two-year contract that will take him through the 2015-16 season. The deal will pay him $1 million per season.
The Canadiens acquired Weise from the Vancouver Canucks on Feb. 3 in exchange for defenceman Raphael Diaz. In 17 regular-season games with the Canadiens he posted 3-1-4 totals, giving him 6-10-16 totals in 61 games overall. In 16 playoff games with the Canadiens, the 25-year-old Weise had 3-4-7 totals, including two game-winning goals.
“The acquisition of Dale Weise contributed to the success of our team this season,” Bergevin said in a statement on the team’s website. “A young veteran with a lot of character, Dale is an intense player with a strong work ethic. We’re very pleased to have him as part of our team moving forward.”
Said Weise on the team’s website: “I’m so excited to be coming back to Montreal. I think everybody knows that I’m very excited to be a part of the Montreal Canadiens. This is where I want to be. To get a deal done so early in the summer was big for me. A two-year deal gives some nice security for me and my family. I’m really looking forward to getting back there and getting back at it.”
Weise added: “When I got to Montreal, Michel Therrien had a one-on-one meeting with me right away. He said that even though he didn’t know a lot about me, he knew after the first couple of games that I could be a guy who could make a difference with my speed. He told me not to be a guy who was content with just chipping the puck in and chipping the puck out. He said I could do more, and that he believed in me. I think that’s the biggest thing. Right from the get go, he believed that I could do more than just chip the puck out and chip it in. Just having that confidence that he instilled in me really went a long way.”
The Winnipeg native was selected by the New York Rangers in the fourth round (111th overall) at the 2008 NHL entry draft. He is coming off a one-year, $750,000 contract and could have become a restricted free agent on July 1.
Weise was one of four restricted free agents GM Bergevin had on his agenda. The others are P.K. Subban, Lars Eller and Ryan White.
Captain Brian Gionta and defencemen Andrei Markov, Francis Bouillon and Mike Weaver are all slated to become unrestricted free agents on July 1.
On Monday, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported that Markov is looking for a three-year deal worth $18 million. On Wednesday, Markov’s agent, Sergei Berezin, told ESPN.com via text: “No news. I don’t expect anything to happen anytime soon. But you never know.”
While no official announcement has been made, the Canadiens have decided not to offer contracts to their three other unrestricted free agents, Thomas Vanek, George Parros and Douglas Murray.
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