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The Curious Case of Dale Weise
- Updated: October 23, 2014
Dale Weise stormed onto the Canadiens scene late in the 2013-14 campaign, traded for nothing but little old Raphael Diaz. Under-performing Diaz was fizzling out in Montreal and needed a change. This is exactly what he got in Vancouver City. What he has done since is another story for another day, we are talking about Weise. With playoffs around the corner, Bergevin knew he needed a spark on the checking line. Insert Dale Weise perfectly, instantly meshing with fellow 4th liners Bournival and Briere. He dazzled Habs fans throughout the 2014 playoffs providing much needed grit and speed. The Habs had a decent 4th line that could contend and the 2014-15 season looked bright.
Flash forward to preseason, Weise was a shell of his playoff self, ghosting his way through game by game. “It’ll be different come opening night…”, we told ourselves. Seven games into the regular season and Weise has been bounced around press box and 4th line, lacking punch and the form of what we have seen from him before.
Now me, I have always been a supporter of Weise, but when I read “Weise will skate alongside Eller and Bourque on the Habs’ 3rd line”, I could not help but scratch my head at this decision. Before it gets said, I know Therrien likes to switch things up, but replacing newcomer Jiri Sekac on the 3rd line with a consistent 4th liner? I know the Habs have not been playing their best hockey over the last 7 games, but really? Weise over Sekac? I get it, the third line has not been producing, but that is not due to lack of effort. Eller/Bourque are off to a slow start, but to insert Weise instead of say Bournival? Sekac?
Now I may be the minority here, because Therrien played him 13:14 and he had 6 hits. I am all for physicality but, with no offensive spark, physicality means nothing. You can have 403 hits and no points and all of a sudden those hits mean nothing. Now maybe I am jumping to conclusions? Maybe.
I guess we shall see.
The Habs are back in action this Saturday against the Rangers, which will be a test in its own. I will reserve my judgement until then.