With Ralphael Diaz the odd-man out recently on the blueline, the time had come for the Swiss-born fellow to be shipped out, and so Raphael is now a brand new member of the Vancouver Canucks.
In return, the Canadiens receive 25-year old Dale Weise, a 6’02″, 201-pounder who spend most of the past three season with the Canucks, and with 162 games-played in the NHL totaling 10 goals and 16 assists, along with 185 PIM.
We’ll see what this does. Maybe Weise is Hamilton-bound. Maybe not.
The one knock about Diaz, who was a smart player with a good shot, was that he wasn’t physical enough. And Nathan Beaulieu has definitely picked it up several notches after being brought up from Hamilton.
So we just got a bit bigger and a bit tougher. No complaints there. I just hope Weise can contribute.