The Montreal Canadiens have announced that the team has come to terms on a two-year contract extension with forward Dale Weise.
“The acquisition of Dale Weise contributed to the success of our team this season,” Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement. “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.”
Weise, 25, was acquired by Montreal from the Vancouver Canucks this season in exchange for Raphael Diaz. In 61 games during the regular season, Weise recorded 16 points (6 + 10) for the Canucks and Canadiens. In the playoffs, Weise was a big reason Montreal found itself in the Eastern Conference Finals, scoring seven points (3 + 4) in 16 games. He led the Canadiens with two game-winning goals in the postseason.
Since his first season with the New York Rangers in 2010-11, Weise has scored 30 points in 179 regular season games. After playing the last three seasons on one-year deals, Weise will finally have that bit of security that all NHL players look to receive when they sign new contracts.
No financial details for the contract were revealed.
Mike’s Musings: Weise has found himself in a good situation with the Canadiens. He won’t be relied on to carry the team, but he will most definitely be a major depth asset for a team looking to bring Canada its first Stanley Cup since Montreal won it all in 1993.