Was hoping for a 3-4 year deal as Weise is UFA after his 2 years are up, and I liked his play. Certainly did think he would get more.
My guess is Weise really sees himself as a bit more than a 4th liner and thinks he will get his chance to show that in Montreal. So he agrees to a short term, fairly cheap deal looking for his big contract a couple years from now once he proves his play-offs this year was just a sign of things to come.
I would have given him 3 years for $3.5M total, but a million per year is a good deal for us.
At first I was disappointed of this trade with Diaz. But then he really had a good first impression with the habs only with his speed. Of course he didn't have the lightning speed of Chris Kreider but who does?
It seems that when he plays on either the 3rd or 4th line, his linemates try to match his speed which is crucial in the neutral zone. I realized through out the Rags-Habs playoff that we couldn't match their speed so it was harder to counter-attack. Nevertheless, I don't know if I'm alone in this thinking but the Weise's line was the only one as fast as their opposing line. This is an excellent signing: we got size, speed and skills (seriously, he can control the puck and distribute it). His ceiling is also very intriguing.
I think you're getting too excited over a guy who came to us fresh because he had been scratched/benched all year. I don't think you're going to see the same Weise over an 82 game schedule.
We're a team that desperately needs as many PLAYOFF WARRIORS as possible...it's all about the playoffs.
82 games...just get as many pts as possible for home advantage, and if not...make sure you make the playoffs and then the playoff warriors will take over (PK Subban, Price hopefully gets HOT again, Bourque, Weise,etc).
Yup, I am excited about Weise (mostly for playoffs)...been waiting awhile for this kind of super fast/gritty/tall/big enough 3rd-4th liner (who imo can fill in sometimes on the 2nd in case of injuries...he was playing with Eller and Bourque and connected well with Bourque,etc).
Imo, he can be a speedy/gritty spark-plug on most lines...imo.
(for how long? don't know...but imo he can do it here and there and I hope he can be a playoff warrior...again for us).
Go Weise Go!! (definitely improves our depth for our 3rd and 4th lines).