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05-13-2011, 08:14 AM
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Habs sign Raphael Diaz (May 2011)

Free agent defenseman Rafael Diaz signed by the Canadiens

http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=562687

Here's the youtube video the Habs site reuploaded:


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CanadiensMTL: Free agent defenseman Rafael Diaz signed by the Canadiens.

http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=562687

Is he related to Gomez by any chance?

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You mean THE Raphael?

Courageously facing Theodore finally pays off

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Seems like he can score..

What's with the Gomez comment?

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He looks like a pretty good PP guy. Can he play D or is he going to be another 13th forward that happens to be a defenceman?

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Well there's a Habs connection since he played with Metropolit and DiPietro this season.

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AHL contract I'm assuming.

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Seems like he can score..

What's with the Gomez comment?
Gomez... Diaz... just a cultural name joke. Turns out he's Swiss and plays for the Swiss national team. I'm not sure if he's in the World Championships right now, but he's played for Switzerland several times dating back to 2004 according to his Wiki page.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rafael_Diaz

EDIT: He indeed is at the World Championships right now. Anyone want to start a Pierre Gauthier meme? Scout Jaromir Jagr. Sign Rafael Diaz.

EDIT 2: He was named Switzerland's player of the game for the Switzerland/Norway game on May 5th.

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The song is so poetic I thougth it was the commentator...

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A Defenseman under 6'. What did you expect?

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Oh they already made a compilation for him.

What if the reporters made a mistake and confused Diaz and Emelin in terms of Habs interest and being close to done on a 1 year deal...

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Welcome to the team but I have no f....... idea who you are!!

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Free agent defenseman Rafael Diaz signed by the Canadiens

http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=562687
5'11" 194lbs Turned 25 last January, 3-1-4 and +3 in 6 games at the WC's.

12-27-39 in 45 games in the Swiss league. By comparison, Metropilit was 15-38-53 in 47 games and led the league in scoring, so those are impressive numbers for a defenseman. I wonder if he is targeted to start NHL or AHL. Swiss A is a very strong league. Streit at 27 put up 14-29-43 in 44 games.

Sounds like he is in the Weber/Streit mold as a puck mover and PP guy, RH shot.

He scored, was +2 and led the team with 21:14 against the US


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Swiss fans seem to think he's pretty good...pulled some quotes from the topic on the FA board:

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There were rumors about the Ducks (of course) and Blackhawks showing some interest in various swiss newspapers today.
And TBH, it's not that big of a surprise.

He is definitely the most ready D of his ageclass (86) or younger in the NLA, and when looking at his recent play (including NT) he has probably developed into the best swiss D still playing on the old continent.

He's got spanish roots, so could build a latino-duo with Sbisa in Anaheim. He's on the smaller side (5.11), but solid frame (194lbs), isn't the most physical guy around, but his workethic in critical parts of the D zone like the corners and in the crease is good. protects himself pretty well. has developed a nice offensive touch over the years.

He's just a nice combination of puckskills, skating, hockey I.Q. and workethic, not unlike Streit's profile, though he's still a notch below Streit (when he left Switzerland) skillwise and in the all around game.

So he probably would need some adjustment time, bulking up a bit. But I do think, he got a good chance to make the NHL eventually
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i'd rate his overall game higher than webers. He is the smarter and more mature player than weber. I woud see him between streit and weber with the potential to reach streits level. Very mobile with an offensive touch, good positional game and can hold his own end.
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Diaz is offensively aware and a great skater but he's somewhat hesitant to shoot from the point, preferring to pass, even when he's open and has a good view - very frustrating on the PP when he does that. But when he pinches (which he does well) and skates around behind the net, he generally gets a half decent shot off from a tight angle and will occasionally score from it as he seems to surprise the goalie. He's not too bad in his own end but not the strongest. Occasionally gets caught too far up the ice but his speed can get him back. I'd be interested to see him on an NHL team - in the right situation I think he could do well. Probably only top 4 at best with a good amount of PP time.
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Well, when Diaz entered the NLA, he was a quick player who gave a solid effort and with a maturity level above his peers, but not a guy forcing the risky plays. But he is a steady learner, and till now was able to add some elements to his game every year.

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He looks like a pretty good PP guy. Can he play D or is he going to be another 13th forward that happens to be a defenceman?
He's been one of the best defenders in his own end here in Switzerland for a couple of seasons now. He can log big minutes, can rush the puck and can hit. One of the most complete defenders we have. So yes, I'd say he can play D.
But then again, Switzerland isn't the NHL.

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I hope we are not paying him a nickel over 60K

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There's no way he starts the season with the big club. With Emelin coming over, there won't be any room, barring injuries.

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Maybe down the road he will be partner's with le jeune Veber on the blue line?

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He's been one of the best defenders in his own end here in Switzerland for a couple of seasons now. He can log big minutes, can rush the puck and can hit. One of the most complete defenders we have. So yes, I'd say he can play D.
But then again, Switzerland isn't the NHL.
Only reason I ask is the Habs have that little habit of playing Swiss D up front.

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holy crap, why did he choose to come here? Must be an nhl deal, because Picard is gone and he might replace him

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Only reason I ask is the Habs have that little habit of playing Swiss D up front.
The Swiss are so versatile though

Seriously though... they are. (According to our management lol)

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finally

i cant wait to see him.


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holy crap, why did he choose to come here? Must be an nhl deal, because Picard is gone and he might replace him
Streit, Weber and now him, we have Swiss connections

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