The Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks have completed a trade. Montreal has reportedly agreed to ship defenseman Raphael Diaz to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Dale Weise. The Canadiens had been using Diaz as a third-pairing defender, and with his contract expiring at the end of the year, they decided to ship him out to toughen up at forward.
#Canucks have acquired defenceman Raphael Diaz from Montreal in exchange for Dale Weise. Formal announcement to follow.
— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) February 3, 2014
Weise isn’t known around the NHL as an offensive player. He’s regarded as a winger that can bring size and grit to the table on a nightly basis, and that’s something that the Canadiens have been missing recently. They’ll be able to use intimidating presence in their bottom-six while moving out an expiring deal.
Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin had this to say about Weise, according to the team’s official website:
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.
The swap makes sense for both teams and falls squarely under the heading of “hockey trade.” While Diaz has more offensive upside than Weise, it’s clear that Montreal had no intention of retaining his services. The team needed to get a bit bigger up front, and they addressed that in this deal.
For a more in-depth look at the trade, check out Jared Book’s excellent write up over at La Metropole Sports.