Weise will make Habs debut vs. Flames; White returns to lineup

Dale Weise will make his Canadiens debut Tuesday night against the Calgary Flames at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

Weise, acquired from the Vancouver Canucks on Monday in exchange for defenceman Raphael Diaz, took part in Tuesday’s morning skate in Brossard, skating on a line with Michael Bournival and Ryan White (photo above).

White, who led the team in its morning stretch, will be back in the lineup for the first time since suffering an upper-body injury on Jan. 2. He missed 14 games.

Travis Moen didn’t take part in the morning skate because of a lower-body injury and won’t play against the Flames. George Parros will be a healthy scratch at forward and defenceman Francis Bouillon will also sit this one out.

 “I think I can bring a physical presence to the (Canadiens),” Weise, a right-winger, said on a conference call Monday after the trade was made. “I’m a good skater and I work hard and my success is down low and hanging onto pucks and being physical and trying to get to the hard areas to score goals.

“I’m not sure where I’m going to fit in just yet. I’m just looking forward to coming in and trying to play hard and trying to find a spot.

“(The trade) comes as a little bit of a shock to me,” added Weise, who will wear No. 22 with the Habs. “I think any time you hear rumours around you think about it but there’s so many (rumours) that go around and you just never know.

“I didn’t put too much thought into it … I was shocked when I heard about it today.”

The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder has 10 goals, 16 assists and 185 penalty minutes in 162 career NHL games. In 44 games this season with the Canucks, Weise had 3-9-12 totals with 42 penalty minutes and was minus-1.

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien told reporters in Brossard Tuesday morning that Weise fills a need for the team with his physical presence.

“He’s very explosive on the ice, especially on the forecheck,” the coach said. “That’s one of the reasons that we’re very happy to have acquired him. We told him that we want him to be himself and we want to make sure he’s playing his own game. He brings some speed, he’s good on the forecheck, he plays the wall well, and he’s got some size. He fills a need that we’ve been looking for.”

Alex Galchenyuk, who has been sidelined since breaking his hand in early January, skated before the team’s morning skate and was taking shots.

The Flames come to Montreal on a five-game winning streak and beat the Canadiens in their previous meeting this season, 3-2 in Calgary on Oct. 9. The Canadiens are 2-5-1 in their last eight games.

Carey Price is expected to start in goal for the Canadiens.

Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked at the morning skate:

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

Gorges – Subban
Markov – Emelin
Beaulieu – Murray
Drewiske – Bouillon

(Photo by Allen McInnis/The Gazette)

Habs vs. Flames preview, NHL.com

Game Day Report, Canadiens.com

Morning skate interviews (video), Canadiens.com

Projected Flames lines, calgaryflames.com

Latest Flames news, Calgary Herald

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

Diaz ‘surprised and shocked’ to be traded, by Pat Hickey

Diaz comes to Canucks with some questions, Vancouver Province


  1. Habsbill24 says:

    Murray adds real value to this team. Size and a menacing threat in our zone. Slow yes, but his size is badly needed. When the puck is in the corner he just bulldozes guys. Not only does DD need to shoot more, her also flubs a lot of passes. Not really a skilled center, certainly not a first line center. Doesn’t have the size or skill. Eller’s development has stalled. He is no better than a third line center and those that think he could be a first liner with better wings are just wrong. Has not shown that kind of skill level. He is one of the under performers on this team. If people think Max is a someone who plays on the outside, at least he scores. Cannot cannot say that about Eller. He plays on the outside and does not score. Once Chucky is back and Moen is healthy, Wiese should send Bourque to the press box.

  2. homerbowen says:

    No idea what Weise will be like but at 6’2″ and 210lbs compared to a soft Diaz it’s a win for us. Now if only they can move the following;
    Briere, DD, Boullion and Gionta. In addition, time to look at what we could get for Markov as he won’t be around by the time we challenge.

  3. knob says:

    If Calgary beats the Habs in regulation, Calgary will be 13 points behind the Habs with a game in hand. Truly a sad state of affairs compared to where the Habs finished last year. Can someone remind me why MT thought it would be a great idea to change the team philosophy to a Dump and Chase?

  4. smiler2729 says:

    Weise will rock 22 like Fergie did… bam bam bam

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

  5. krob1000 says:

    Maybe every time Weezer pots one we can call him Chip in Dale?

    • smiler2729 says:

      First Dale on the Habs since Hoganson in the early ’70s

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

  6. ACEEAGLE says:

    Is it just me or is it time to put Eller with Patches and Gallagher and move Desharnais to the 3rd line with Prust and Bourque. Just until Chuck comes back then reunite kid line.

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