Dale Weise: Should He Come Back?

Marc Bergevin could approach a familiar face during free agency, but would it be the right call? (Photo: The Canadian Press)

Marc Bergevin could approach a familiar face during free agency, but would it be the right call? (Photo: The Canadian Press)

Dale Weise has made it no secret that he wants to dawn the CH crest across his chest next season. The moment he was traded with fellow teammate Tomas Fleischmann to the Chicago Blackhawks, the 27 year-old right winger expressed interest in coming back to the team where he played the best hockey of his career. Should the Habs bring him back for the 2016-2017 season? I will assess the pros and cons of bringing back Dale Weise.

PROS

  1. As previously mentioned, Dale Weise played some of his best hockey with the Montreal Canadiens. In six seasons in the NHL, Weise has recorded 59 of his 86 points with the Habs. For a 3rd line player who wasn’t known for putting up points, Weise exceeded almost everybody’s expectations of him.
  2. He is a good two-way player and a good example for younger players who wish to embody the work ethic it takes to make it into the big league.
  3. Weise actually cares about the team. This last point may seem futile to many, but it’s nice to see Weise’s passion and respect for the Montreal Canadiens organization.
Dale Weise celebrating a goal with then-teammate PK Subban. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

Dale Weise celebrating a goal with then-teammate P.K. Subban. (Photo: Jeff McIntosh, The Canadian Press)

With this in mind, should the Habs bother signing him?

CONS

  1. The main problem with bringing Weise back is that he will be taking the spot away from other young players. As much as he would provide a good veteran presence in the locker room, it’s time for the Habs to develop the youth. The only way to do that is to play them (right, Michel Therrien?). Particularly, guys like Charles Hudon or Nikita Scherbak could use the experience, build confidence and improve their game by getting 3rd line minutes.
  2. Cap space is another problem. The team has $9,192,500 left in cap space for this upcoming season, according to our friends at CapFriendly. Weise wouldn’t demand a huge contract; most likely in the 1-2.5 million dollar range, however, the higher end is more than he is worth. Personally, I’m a bit sick of Bergevin signing 3rd and 4th liners; it’s time for him to make a big move, fast. Relieving cap space through a trade that could benefit the struggling Habs offense is what the team needs to do; such as Alexei Emelin.

In the end, I think that the idea of bringing Weise back is a lot nicer than actually signing him again. It’s hard to say goodbye to such a good guy on and off the ice, who genuinely loves the Habs and the city of Montreal. But, hockey’s a business and in the long-run, the Habs need to be money conscious and move towards getting players with a greater offensive contribution.

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One Response to Dale Weise: Should He Come Back?

  1. Great article. Really hard to say. Heard today habs are inching closer to signing shipachyov as well. I’d rather round out the forward group with perron or something.

    stuart May 23, 2016 at 11:55 am Reply

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