NHL Trade: Canucks Trade Weise To Canadiens For Diaz

The Montreal Canadiens have traded defenseman Raphael Diaz to the Vancouver Canucks for right winger Dale Weise.

The 28-year old Diaz was undrafted. He carries a $1.225 million salary cap hit and will be a UFA at the end of the season.

The 25-year old Weise was drafted 111th overall in the 4th round of the 2008 draft by the Rangers. He carries a $750,000 salary cap hit and will be a RFA at the end of the season.

Thoughts from twitter:

  • All Habs: “Raphael Diaz was a darling of the MTL media and hence overvalued locally but would have rather seen him dealt for a pick or prospect.”
  • Ben Kuzma: “No more Torts out of sorts with Weise. Fourth-liner dealt to #Canadiens for blueliner Diaz, a pending UFA, as #Canucks try to mend back end.”
  • Eric Engels: “Completely irrelevant trade for habs and canucks, but worst news ever for yannick weber, who may now lose his job again to diaz”
  • David Pagnotta: “Didn’t sound like contract talks were getting anywhere with Habs/Diaz… MTL ships him to VAN for RW Dale Weise”
  • L.A. Lariviere: “Habs acquiring Weise suggests they want to add more toughness to the roster. I guess yesterday’s game factored-in… RE: Gallagher,”
  • Eric Daoust: “In terms of trade value Canucks get better end of deal with Diaz. Habs traded an extra asset to fill a need but didn’t get great value.”
  • Renaud Lavoie: “Raphael Diaz will help the Canucks. Verry good at moving the puck. Great attitude. Good skater. Needs to use his shot more.”
  • Jim Matheson: “diaz is good PP guy and puck mover. canucks need both from back-end. nice trade. as for habs, wiese is travis moen type.”

Raphael Diaz

Dale Weise


  1. BradG

    February 3, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    very good swap for LE Canadians this will make them a little bigger and going the right way need more balance in size, need three more and two on d Murray was good signing this yr …

  2. Tuffguy

    February 3, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    I like that we got bigger, but I thought Diaz would have fetched us more. I don’t know that we would have had cap space or room to resign him next year. I hope that Gionta and Moen are out next. No room for Gionta next year with PK and Eller contracts, and he’s too small. Moen is becoming more and more expendable with Parros, White, Bournival, Prust, Weise on the roster, and Dumont and Nattinen trying to break through for a spot. Plus, Moen’s contract isn’t great.

  3. Isaiah Thompson

    February 3, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Chicago Blackhawks trade Bryan Bickell to the Toronto Maple Leafs.