AUDIO: Habs trade Diaz to Canucks for Weise

• AUDIO: Dale Weise teleconference

The Canadiens traded defenceman Raphael Diaz to the Vancouver Canucks on Monday for right-winger Dale Weise.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Weise has three goals and nine assists in 44 games this season with the Canucks. Weise was selected in the fourth round (111th overall) in the 2008 NHL entry draft by the New York Rangers.

Weise said on a conference call from Detroit – where the Canucks were to play the Red Wings Monday night – that he hopes to bring a physical presence to the Canadiens. He added that he’s a good skater and works hard.

 The Winnipeg native will wear No. 22 with the Canadiens.

Diaz, who will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, had been a healthy scratch for the last seven games, his spot on the roster taken by Nathan Beaulieu.

“I knew (Beaulieu was) a good player, but I didn’t think it meant I was going to be traded right away,” Diaz said in a conference call. “As a player, you want to work hard for the organization. Other things you cannot control. That’s the way the business is. I really appreciate the opportunity that Montreal gave me, but I haven’t played in the last two weeks and you want to be able to help your team.”

The Canadiens signed Diaz, a 28-year-old puck-moving defenceman from Switzerland, as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He had 11 points – all assists – in 46 games this season with the Canadiens.

The Canucks play the Canadiens Thursday night at the Bell Centre.

Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said in a press release that Weise is a “winger with a physical style of play who brings additional toughness and grit to our group of forwards.”

A Winnipeg native, Weise has played 162 regular-season games in the National Hockey League and posted totals of 10-16-26.

The Canadiens also announced on Monday that Christian Thomas has been returned to the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs to make room for Weise.

Weise will take part in Tuesday’s morning skate in Brossard before the Canadiens face the Calgary Flames Tuesday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

(Photo by Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

Habs acquire Weise from Canucks, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

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Canadiens acquire Weise from Canucks,

Canadiens assign Thomas to Bulldogs,


  1. AceTen says:

    There’s been some talk on here this morning of trying out Weise on the DD line. I actually think this is a great idea, mainly because it would allow us to reunite the EGG line (once Chucky is back). With that line together we had two forwards in the top 10 scoring leaders. Currently our highest ranked forward is Pacioretty, he’s at 100th in the league with 33 points (not going anywhere with that kind of production). Would love to see these lines:

    Bournival – Pleks – Gio
    Patches – DD – Weise
    Chucky – Eller – Gally
    Moen – Prust – Bourque

    That would leave us with Briere, Parros and White to sub in as needed. It would also give us three legitimate scoring lines. Of course this will never happen but it doesn’t hurt to dream.

  2. SteverenO says:

    If not for my lack of confidence in Therrien’s ability to put , and keep, together 4 effective lines I would say that the team is almost in a position to compete with the top teams in the eastern conference:

    Here:s why I am optimistic:

    Briere/Plek/Gionta – most productive line this season . let them play
    Galchenyuk/Eller/Gallagher= reunite the EGG line
    Pacioretty/DD/Weise– Speed and size on the wing frees up #11
    Prust/White/Bournival/ Solid 4th line
    spare parts;;;

    Moen/Bourque/Parros/Leblanc/Dumont/Thomas/, etc.

    On the defensive side ; just as Beaulieu has shown that he is an improvement over Bouillon (and Diaz), I am confident that Tinordi and/or Patteryn would prove to be an improvement over Murray.


    Steve O.

  3. boing007 says:

    Trade DD and package him with half of the Bulldogs roster.
    That should do the trick.

    Richard R

  4. boing007 says:

    Why not Weise with Eller and Bournival? Speedy line there. I bet when MT goes to the beach he sticks his big toe in the water first before he decides to take the plunge.

    Richard R

  5. DickandDanny says:

    So, yesterday pleasantly surprised that MB finally made a move. I assumed his winter hibernation was now over and he came out of his cave to see what was happening with the Habs. This morning I eagerly checked to see what the next bigger trade would be. Obviously he made yesterday’s trade with something far bigger in mind, right? We now have 6 guys who could play 4th line minutes if Galchenyuk were to return: Parros, White, Bournival, Moen, Prust, and Weise. MT has a hard time working in 4 lines during the game. This could be a nightmare for him. So, I am assuming there is something bigger yet to come from MB.

    “A cannonading blast from the wing, by Lafleur”

    • Forum Dog says:

      Not sure if there will be something bigger, but definitely the status quo is a problem. Too many forwards and not enough spots. They might send Galchenyuk back to Hamilton on a conditioning assignment (which would buy some more time), but they are gonna have to move at least 1 or two bodies between now and the deadline. Bournival could be sent down (which might not be a bad thing for him), but anything else would have to be a trade.

      Unless he packages top-6/top-4 roster players with prospect(s) and/or picks, the only thing they will get back are bottom six forwards (which they don’t need) or mid-round picks.

  6. thebonscott says:

    Looking forward to tonight’s game, here’s the lines

    Brière – Plekanec – Gionta
    Pacioretty – Desharnais – Gallagher
    Bourque – Eller – Prust
    Bournival – White – Weise

    I would rather see bournival moved up and bourque down but glad to see briere will at least get a chance, well for awhile anyway.
    C’mon guys this is not rocket surgery!!!!

    • Steeltown Hab says:

      Bournival Up, Prust down.

      Why Therrien continues to think Prust brings something on an offensive line confuses me. He’s okay on the cycle, horrible transitioning through the neutral zone.


      Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin, Bournival, De La Rose – @J_Perez22

    • shiram says:

      A healthy White is the best change I see in that lineup.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Weise in for Parros is a dramatic change in forechecking. I like Parros, I want him to do well, but he is no longer as effective as a fighter. That cripples what he can do for the team.

        • shiram says:

          True enough, that’s one omissions with some importance.
          Though I have some doubts about Weise, I figure he’ll be about as good as Moen/Prust/Bournival were when they played 4th line RW.

        • The Juice says:

          I disagree, Parros is still an effective fighter and/or deterrent, the Habs just don’t need him in the lineup against teams not named the Leafs or Bruins…


          “To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high!”

    • Habfan17 says:

      Where is Moen?


  7. GL says:

    Flames is as good as the Habs. As to how the Game goes tonight no clue but the Habs better come to play. Calgary not much talent but they’re not scared of work They have beaten some pretty good teams the last month or so.

  8. frontenac1 says:

    Big Mac is the undisputed Heavyweight Champ in the League right now. Stay away from him boys. If you do tangle with him,hold on with both hands and pray that the refs jump in quickly. And under no circumstances stick your tongue out at him.

  9. Steeltown Hab says:

    Oddly enough, I actually posted this blog Sunday before the trade about trading from a position of strength and abundance (such as left-handed dman) not where the team is weak.

    Let me know what you think!


    Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin, Bournival, De La Rose – @J_Perez22

    • boing007 says:

      Brian Wilde agrees with you. Says MB should have traded Diaz while he was playing at his best.

      Richard R

      • HabinBurlington says:

        It is very easy for media or us to say that. Last year was when Diaz was playing his best, last year we didn’t have Murray or Beaulieu as options.

        Hopefully one day soon Brian Wilde can get a job as GM since he is ahead of the curve.

        • Steeltown Hab says:

          Beaulieu looked fine in his call-ups last year. I could really care less about losing Diaz just didn’t think it made sense to lose him for another 4th line W, when we have White, Prust, Moen, Parros.

          In addition a top-9 that has one too many also which causes Bourn, Bourque, or Briere to drop to the 4th line at times.


          Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin, Bournival, De La Rose – @J_Perez22

        • Bripro says:

          I like Brian Wilde.
          He’s a little quirky, but a true Habs fan, even if he came from Edmonton.
          (no offence to my Edmonton friends).
          But after the Jets’ game, when François Gagnon (whom I also have a lot of respect for) questioned what all the commotion was regarding Gallagher’s pinball debacle at the end of the game, Brian laid into him but good, on local TV.
          Gagnon was saying that he could have gotten out of the way.
          BW’s response? “The Jets players had 89 feet available to skate around him. There’s no reason they had to act like such a…. (then he caught himself)”.
          You could see he was visibly upset. A true Habs reporter.
          You can’t help but like a guy like that.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            More proof why he should be a GM. Heck him and Pierre McGuire would guarantee a Stanley Cup for Montreal. Two reporters who know better than all other GM’s combined. 🙂

          • Bripro says:

            Do I detect some facetious sarcasm?

      • Cal says:

        As a GM, Brian Wilde is a sports reporter and an average one at that.
        Funny how everyone under the sun can do better after a trade is done. What a load of sh….aving cream.

        • Steeltown Hab says:

          We’re better before the trade than after. Especially with White on the brink of returning brining in Weise seems to have little impact.


          Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin, Bournival, De La Rose – @J_Perez22

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Well we have given Weise every opportunity to succeed and clearly he has failed. I realize he hasn’t played a game yet, but he had his chances, time to dump him.

          • Cal says:

            How about seeing him in action with the Habs before pissing on him?

          • Steeltown Hab says:

            If he’s a slight upgrade on Ryan White are we a different hockey team though. Not against him as a player, but more 4th liners I don’t see how that helps our goal scoring or protects Gallagher who plays on the top line.


            Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin, Bournival, De La Rose – @J_Perez22

          • Cal says:

            @ Steeltown- How in the bleep does “protecting Gallagher” come into this? Patches watched Stuart mug him from 5 feet away AND DID NOTHING. What is DD gonna do? Jump up and bite Stuart’s ankles?
            Of course, the Habs should have traded almighty Diaz for Tavares and Vanek, right? Gimme a break.

        • boing007 says:

          DD doesn’t have to jump up to bite anyone’s ankle. He’s already at the right height. Just has to lunge forward.

          Richard R

  10. Maritime Ronn says:

    This game tonight is far from a gimmee 1 or 2 points.

    The Flames have won 5 in a row and are 6-3-1 in their last 10.
    They have beaten Minnesota-Chicago-San Jose in their last 3.
    In the past 5 games, the Flames have scored an average of 4.2 goals and never less than 3.

    Then how can you dislike a team that has a player named Lance Bouma?

    • GrimJim says:

      I live in Calgary and the radio guys who follow the Flames say that the team is playing with confidence and believe no deficit is insurmountable. They are a lunch-bucket group that tries to make up for their lack of skill with hard work, and the coaches have every player buying in to that philosophy. You’re right Ronn, this is going to be a far from easy win…

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        hi GJ

        Always tough to play a home game against a team that really has nothing to lose and is on a run.
        With Burkie looking on, guys are also playng for their jobs for next year

  11. Luke says:

    While my expectations are low for Wheezy, it would be nice for the Habs to trade for a guy who breaks out and exceeds all expectations.

    I really can’t think of the last time they acquired an apparent dud and had that happen…

    Like maybe a Lupul type thing. Lupes was acquired as a throw in, largely to hold Kadri back, and balance out the $ in that Beauchemin trade. And Blammo… consistent scorer… booo.

    • shiram says:

      Wasn’t Gorges a throw in when they traded Rivet?
      I don’t think his stock was all that high then, and he gave the Habs a good number of years.

      • Steeltown Hab says:

        See my blog above. Touches on this exact thing.


        Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin, Bournival, De La Rose – @J_Perez22

  12. CJ says:

    So, no Moen tonight.

    Looks like Weise, Prust and White on the fourth line at practice this morning. I’m guessing George’s absence is the team’s way of protecting the big guy. No need to tangle with Mcgratton.

  13. Frank2468 says:

    Well the Flames have won 5 in row so should be due for a loss. Flames are 27th in the league and 13 in their conference, if the Habs lose this game, Festus from gunsmoke should call for Matt Dillon saying Matt there’s trouble in Dodge. Not saying that it will be an easy win, but it better we a big W tonight.

  14. Bripro says:

    I’m coming in late this morning, so I’m assuming this has been shown already.
    But for those who haven’t seen it, take a look at the Team Canada sleeping quarters. I guess they figured we’d be sending a bunch of smurfs.
    And no double beds. That’ll take care of any homosexual hanky panky.
    Russia! What a country!

    • HabinBurlington says:

      LOL, oh that is rich. The boys go from an arrangement in the NHL where they all get to have their own rooms on the road and now they have to slum with all the amateurs. PK and Crosby will be best friends or enemies after this is over.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Morning my good friend. I heard on the radio this morning that the Olympic men have been warned to not venture out if their quarters. In addition there was a warning issued about picking up women. The best case would be kidnapping. The worst murder. The warning for Olympic women was worse. They’re being told not to venture out period.

      Sad what the world has come to.

      • Cal says:

        Very dumb place to hold the Olympics. All the athletes have targets on their backs.
        Let us hope it doesn’t become Munich all over again.

      • Bripro says:

        Morning Jim. (late as it is …)
        I would venture to guess that since the Russian gov’t is pushing to make certain that their hockey team comes away with gold, and anything else will be seen as a disaster, the security around the rink and the hockey teams will be very high.
        They’re not the athletes I’m worried about.
        Other activities, like our snow-acrobats’ sports might be more vulnerable.

    • HabFab says:

      Hard to believe the NHLPA agreed to those.

    • Chuck says:

      I’m guessing that the Russian team’s rooms aren’t quite so sparse.

  15. Maritime Ronn says:

    Re the Diaz-Weise trade.

    Nothing wrong with taking a calculated chance, and we’ll see just how good this new heralded staff is in terms of scouting.
    This was a no risk move.

    First on the CBA business side of things, the Habs shed a $1.225M Cap Hit that had no place on the team and was going to be lost for nothing.
    In exchange, the Habs pick up a pending RFA with a Cap Hit of $750K.

    That is a ‘business’ win for the Habs.
    Smaller Cap hit and an easy re-signing as the Habs hold the RFA rights if things work out.
    If not, they let him free and not qualify him.

    As for the hockey side of things, Weise had no place to go on the right side of the Canucks depth chart with Burrows-Hanson-Kassian ahead of him.
    As for the Habs, after Gallagher and Gio there really isn’t anything much.
    A good opportunity to play himself on to the 3rd line if he can find some hands, or worst case an energy guy on the 4th.

    Add to that, sometimes certain coaches and players just don’t see eye to eye…to the detriment of the player in most cases.

    Last year during the playoffs, Tortorella benched Brad Richards for 2 games.( Cap Hit $6,666,667 for the next 7 years)
    This year under Vigneault, Richards leads the Division 2nd place Rangers in scoring.
    Here’s not saying Weise is Richards, but sometimes a change is a good thing.

  16. Sportfan says:

    Since Patches has cooled off for quite some time now can we trade DD?

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    • Bripro says:

      2 goals and 1 assist in his last four games.
      When has he cooled off?

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      You must not be listening to RDS
      He is an untouchable.

      How would you replace all those goals and points?
      He ranks 198th in the NHL for goals scored.
      He ranks 140th in the NHL for total points.
      And forget about his Minus-1. That doesn’t count.
      And of course, Galchenyuk could never pass him on the depth chart…

      And of course the Habs PP would become even worse than the pathetic 9% over the past 14 games.

      And Max would be lost without his little buddy and might go on strike.

      • Bripro says:

        Ron, I would venture to guess that DD’s ranking was far lower before being relegated to the rafters.
        I’m not saying I’m a pro-DD fan, but there are worse out there.
        Besides, I think you’ll agree that if most NHL GMs see him as his “fan” base does, he isn’t worth much on the hockey market.
        He’s helping Max produce, which is worth something. Unless another GM falls on his head, I doubt this little man will be going anywhere anytime soon.

        • Maritime Ronn says:

          hi bri

          I don’t dislike him – just don’t agree with how he is being used to the detriment of others.

          Yes, Max has 23 goals – including 3 empty netters that ties him for the NHL lead in that category yet you have to wonder what his production would eventually be with a Galchenyuk as his center?

          Max also only has 10 assists that would be many more if he had a center that could score once in a while…and that directly reflects to Max’s Minus -2 overall.

  17. jols101 says:

    Sure hope Parros doesn’t take on McGrattan tonight. That guy is a machine. He has to be considered the toughest guy in the NHL. The Flames have a boat load of tough guys. Anyways, Parros needs to avoid concussion #3 this year. Hard thing to do considering his job description.

  18. Mattyleg says:

    Kilgour’s Bar, at 509 Bloor St W will be showing the Habs game.
    They always do!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  19. rhino514 says:

    People are excited because he scored 28 goals in the AHL? Come on people, Ryan White scored almost a point per game in the AHL. Nigel Dawes scored more goals in the AHL.
    He´s not nearly as valuable as Prust, and wether he is better than Moen, which is very debatable, is moot, since he´s a RW.

  20. krob1000 says:

    Not sure if anyone read this…I am not a fan of the corsi stuff but I like hwat I read re the other stuff

  21. CJ says:

    If there was ever a night that we open it up, tonight has to be it. Looking at the Calgary roster, they get really thin, at all positions, after the first line. Goaltending is not great. All signs should point to a breakout game.

    So, with that said, do we explode or implode tonight?

    Two guys who worry me tonight are Cammy and Big Mac, for two completely different reasons. We need to keep them both of the game sheet. Stay on Cammy and stay away from Mac and things will be fine.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      CJ, one problem….we usually play worse against weaker opponents.

      Watch for Cammy to have a strong game tonight

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • thebonscott says:

      CJ, just like to say i agree with you on the EOTP crowd, very negative and condescending to their readers, i used to be a fan, but i have loss all respect for them. They all went crazy when habs let yannick weber go and now the same with Diaz, my prediction, Diaz ends up back in swiss league before long, he only makes top six on a desperate team. Keep up the good commentary.

      C’mon guys this is not rocket surgery!!!!

  22. rhino514 says:

    To me, the move means they want to keep playing Prust on the third line. Which means there will only be one spot open on the wing when Galchenyuk comes back, One of Bourque or Briere will have to sit (and it completely impedes Bournival from being in the top three, he will now end up sharing time if he´s lucky with White, and maybe even Briere, for the fourth line centre). It also means Parros has maybe 3 or 4 games left to play tops in a Canadiens uniform.
    So it ends up being Weise instead of either Briere or Bourque which, for a team that has alot of trouble scoring goals, is not a good trade-off. I don´t get it.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Again, why the hell did Bergevin sign Briere again? There’s a logjam of players. A 4th line of Moen-White-Weise would be nice. Maybe sub Parros in once in a while if we’re playing a real tough team.

      Unfortunately that’s not possible now because you’d have 11 or 12 forwards fighting for 9 spots on the top 3 lines.

      Why in the heck did Bergevin sign Briere last summer? To play on the 4th line?

    • Forum Dog says:

      There is definitely a log-jam on the 3rd and 4th lines. Something will have to give.

      Personally I think Prust is better on the 3rd line. He needs minutes to make an impact and is good enough to contribute regularly.

      A 4th line of Moen/White/Weise should be good once it is together.

      Seems like the odd men are Briere, Bourque, Bournival, Weise and Parros. Bournival could potentially be sent to Hamilton (I think), so once Galchenyuk comes back (shortly after the Olympics), those 5 will be fighting for – or moving in and out of – one roster spot. There will have to be a trade or two, so the question is: Will it be one of those guys; or will it be someone else who opens a roster spot for them (i.e. Gionta).

  23. Rad says:

    Don’t look now boys, but Detroit and Philly only 2 points back of the Habs.

  24. Subban in Sochi says:

    MB & MT moving a pile of pawns lately. The last cup o’ Couche-Tard
    caffeine for Louis LeBlanc. Christian was feed to the lions. Under-sized but talented Diaz was shipped out in a swap of “Frequently Scratched” personnel. Dale Weise was the Canucks version of Ryan White. Please note: The Canadiens’ version of Ryan White will soon be available!

    Bottom Line: LL is done in Montreal. Thomas is yet another small forward-that might be useful on a team where the forwards averaged 6’2.” Diaz has plenty of talent and probably will excel in the Olympics, but, again, would only be able to pull his “weight” if the rest of the d-men were 6’2,” 210 pounds. Diaz also had the tendency to make ill-advised suicide passes and one of those cost the Habs Lars Eller in last years Series loss to the Sens.

    If Weise can simply stand in front of the opponent’s net for 8 minutes per game he will instantly be in line for the Most Valuable Hab Award-the Silver Stones Cup.

    Gally’s mugging at the conclusion of the Jets’ game was criminal from an official’s point of view. Gallagher undoubtedly has a (deserved) rep as walking the blue ice perimeter with a “purpose.” Regardless, he can not be mugged by THREE opponents in ONE play sequence!! Hopefully those on-ice officials lost game assignments or are working in Phoenix…in late April when it’s 95 degrees.

    As for MT’s other pawns (upgraded to rooks once per blue moon), Moen excels at penalty killing. Bourque excels at not exceling. Bourque should lead puck shooting drills…see if the Habs can “score” into the St. Lawrence when shooting of pont Champlain…

    I am glad that Emelin has recently regained (good) form and that Murray seems to have found his role on the team, though it is scary when once per game he breaks his “leash” and ends up deep in the o-zone.

    Bournival appears to have gone to Bourque’s school of lost confidence. In a recurring theme, Bournival could help other NHL teams…that don’t have six more players that are under 6 feet tall…The “size matters” argument holds water (or ice) when there are TOO MANY tiny dancers on a club. I love the smaller players-when they are protected by a forest of redwoods and oaks.

    “Cannonading drive!!”

  25. GL says:

    Try Weise on the 3rd line with Eller and Bourque with weise going to the net maybe we’ll get more scoring out of that 3rd line. Don’t waste Bournival Put him on the 2nd line with Pleks and Gionta
    Moen Briere Prust – Parros when the going gets tough.

  26. Ian Cobb says:

    Another classy move by the HAB’S organization!
    Bringing Thomas up for a game to play his first NHL game against his fathers team.!

  27. WindsorHab-10 says:

    I don’t think our defense will miss Diaz. Having said that I think the addition of Dale Weise is welcomed and my hope is that the coaching staff gives him a chance to prove himself & I’m not talking just a couple of games. Everything I’ve read & heard about Weise seems to be positive. Plus how can we not love a 6-2, 210lbs player?
    Welcome to Montreal.

  28. gumper says:

    Let’s hope Weise helps the bigger forwards on the team…Moen, White, Parros, Borque, Eller, Prust, Pacioretty et al, play up to their size. Lately it seems that whenever we bring in a bigger, more aggressive player he becomes passive and ineffectual in short order. Not sure why that is, but it’s clear that all here are sick unto death of watching games where the only guys who go to the net and battle hard for the puck are Gallagher, and to a lesser extent Gionta. Can only imagine how those two feel watching Max and Borque dance around the outsides of the face-off circles night after night. Come on Mr. Weise, show them how the game is played. Clearly they can’t be shamed into it, so maybe they can learn if you lead by example.

    The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
    Mark Twain

  29. Ian Cobb says:

    After Bergevin saw Gallagher getting the crap knocked out of him, with DD and Patches looking on, he pulled the plug and got a guy that won’t be thrown around like a rag doll quite as much.
    Diaz was never going to play here with the farm producing Boulieu and Tinordi. Diaz was gone for nothing back at the end of the season anyway. Very nice move!

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      I hope so Ian because I was disgusted watching Brendan getting abused the way he did with no paybacks. Not to mention the blindfolds the refs had on.

      • Kooch7800 says:

        We all know I am not a Briere fan but he was the only one who tried to retaliate by dropping an elbow on the Peg’s goalie at the end of the game

        “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • olegpetrov says:

        But it was Gallagher’s fault. He shouldn’t have been around the net and he obviously embellished everything. I mean, that’s what Kerry Fraser said and all the pundits after the game.

  30. HabinBurlington says:

    All Weise needs to do is skate hard, forecheck hard, play a physical game and go to the dirty areas.

    Presently we have a need for that on our 4th line. If he becomes an effective 4th line checker who is defensively responsible (as he has shown earlier in career) he will be helping this team more than a defenceman who was a healthy scratch.

    If he becomes anything better than that, it is gravy.

    • krob1000 says:

      Exactly…but I would try to make the gravy happen beacuse he is a rare breed in the MOntreal system in his age bracket.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Agree, just can’t get over the amount of ink being spilled analyzing this trade.

        • JohnBellyful says:

          Or all the binary numbers being tossed about willy-nilly

          • HabinBurlington says:

            If he indeed wears #22, is that a Binary opposite number? I am not good with algorithms so I am just gonna throw that out there.

        • krob1000 says:

          lol mostly my fault…just don;t like that people are already knocking the guy and we don’t get many trades to talk about these days, don’t many goals either so I think we needed something to discuss!

        • Kooch7800 says:

          I think part of it is because there has been such a lack of trades in the NHL with the cap being down. It is a very minor trade and Diaz would have walked at the end of the year. Now we have a RFA that can bang and crash. I don’t think Parros will be back next year. Put Weise in front of the net to screen (if he is willing to pay the price).

          “Keep your stick on the Ice”

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Yah, I mean I like the trade. Diaz to me was regressing, I mentioned yesterday either the concussion or the Walrus calling him out in the playoffs seemed to change completely his play on the ice. So to me, a warm body that will play with some jam is better than a body in the press box who probably would have been overpaid if signed to another contract. We have enough overpaid players, one more was not needed.

          • Kooch7800 says:

            100% agree Burly. I just hope we move some more bodies out for picks

            “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • habsguru says:

      so he needs to do what Moen was hired to do.

    • frontenac1 says:

      Agreed amigo. Maybe he will open up some ice for our smaller guys too. And he is a lower Cap hit. I call it a pretty good trade.

  31. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Ryan van Stralen…unsigned junior having a great year. Get after him MB.

    • CJ says:

      I’ve seen him play here in Ottawa. He is big, but keep in mind he is 20. He gets up and down the ice well, but I’ve never come away from a game with a lasting impression. That said, there would be very little risk signing him to a PTO contract in Hamilton at the end of the 67’s season.

      Ottawa 67’s have a pipeline to the NHL. They have struggled in recent years, but the talent continues to flow.

      • Luke says:

        He hasn’t stood out when I’ve seen the 67s play the Icedogs.
        So, I’m gonna guess…. skating skating skating.

        • Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

          Like CJ said, I think he’s got a decent set of wheels. His 26 goals are nothing to sneeze at. Mind you he plays with Travis Konency (what a player!) which accounts for some of his production. But I don’t see him as a top sixer. More like a bottom six. Somebody to replace Moen or whoever we have at left wing on the 3rd.

          • CJ says:

            I have to think there are better options, but there is not a lot of risk with a 10 game contract, so I’m not prepared to discount any suggestion.

            Looking forward to PTO contracts next month. Hopefully we can fill some holes without using draft picks. Fournier is a perfect example.

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