The Montreal Canadiens have traded defenseman Raphael Diaz to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for center Dale Weise.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s the first trade of what could be a busy week leading up to Friday’s 3 PM ET Olympic roster freeze.
This one sees two teams swapping players who were in and out of their respective lineups throughout this season. Diaz is a skilled puck-moving defenseman earning $1.225 million this season who’s also eligible for UFA status next summer, so he could provide a bit of a boost to Vancouver’s struggling offensive game.
Weise is a physical checking line center who could provide some needed grit to the Habs. He’s also an RFA this summer earning $750K so he’s be an affordable re-signing for the Habs if they wish to qualify his rights.