The Montreal Canadiens have traded defenseman Raphael Diaz to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for center Dale Weise.

Raphael Diaz dealt to the Canucks.

Raphael Diaz dealt to the Canucks.

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.