With the 2019 NHL Trade Deadline now just over two weeks away, many teams are keeping busy both on the ice as well as the front office, and as you might, expect, the Montreal Canadiens have been one of them.
While things could not be going any better for the Canadiens at this time, general manager Marc Bergevin is always a big believer in getting stronger and so that is exactly what the team did, finalizing a four-player deal on Saturday morning.
According to a club announcement released just a short time before noon eastern, Montreal reacquired veteran forward Dale Weise alongside defensemen Christian Folin in exchange for centreman Byron Froese as well as veteran defensemen David Schlemko.
This trade occurs just a matter of weeks after Dale Weise was placed on waivers, however, after going unclaimed, he was optioned to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League.
On the Canadiens side of things, the team has been looking for alternative options for David Schlemko, who like the Flyers, they placed on waivers before sending him down to the American Hockey League.
As noted by Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca, the two sides have been working towards putting this together for the last three weeks after Weise expressed his interest in desperately wanting to re-join the Canadiens organization.
According to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.ca, the Flyers are set to retain 18.75% of Christian Folin’s salary in the deal with Montreal, meanwhile, it amounts to $150,000, prorated, kept back in salary by Philadelphia.
Johnston then goes on to mention that Christian Folin is currently making a total base salary of $800,000 while on the other end, Byron Froese is making $650,000. That being said, the retained salary on either end is essentially a swap of their contracts.
As noted by Brian Wilde of Global Montreal, not only was this deal about moving contracts around to make space on both payrolls, but it was also a replacement deal for the Habs who are currently seeking to add depth defensively.
Speaking of moving contracts and organization payrolls, Arpon Basu of The Athletic Montreal goes on to mention the fact that for Weise and Schlemko, the deal washes out the final year of their deals as well. Schlemko is set to make $2.1 million while Weise is set to make a slightly bigger number at $2.35 million.
With Weise’ return to the Bell Centre in Montreal, it not only brings back a familiar face to the Canadiens roster but it also brings a veteran who is still capable of producing as well.
As noted by Grant McCagg of Recrutes.ca, the Habs are also seeking help to fortify the team’s fourth line, something that the addition of Weise will be able to do while he also represents an experienced leader that can help to guide the younger defensemen on the ice as well.
Speaking of additions from the Flyers, McCagg goes on to mention that Folin is a good extra defensemen to have on the roster in case of injury. Speaking of Folin, he is set to join the team when the two arrive in Montreal, while Dale Weise is set to report to the Laval Rocket of the American Hockey League.
In taking a deeper look at Christian Folin from a statistical background, the 28-year-old native of Gothenburg, Sweden has appeared in 26 games with the Flyers this season, yet to score a goal though recording two assists while also averaging 15:33 of ice time per game.
As for the entirety of his NHL career as a whole, the young defensemen has appeared in a total of 209 games where he has scored seven goals to go alongside 31 assists, making for 38 points as well as 96 total penalty minutes.
Folin was originally signed by the Minnesota Wild as a sophomore defensemen out of the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Since then, he has seen time with the Flyers and Los Angeles Kings as well. Folin made his NHL debut at the beginning of the 2013-2014 regular season.
As for Dale Weise now, the 30-year-old native of Winnipeg, Manitoba has appeared in 42 games with the Flyers this season, scoring five goals to go alongside six assists, making for a total of 11 points registered. He also adds on 15 penalty minutes and a -6 Plus/Minus rating as well.
In taking a look at the numbers he recorded in his previous stint in Montreal, the Canadian had 59 points in a total of 152 games from 2013-2016.
Taking a look now at the entirety of his NHL career as a whole, the veteran forward has appeared in a total of 481 games where he has scored 54 goals to go alongside 66 assists, making for 120 total points registered. This of course is all amassed since his NHL debut which he made at the beginning of the 2010-2011 regular season.
Since that time, Weise has also played for the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks and most recently before the Flyers, the Chicago Blackhawks alongside Patrick Kane.
Weise cleared waivers with the Philadelphia Flyers back on Tuesday January 15th, and since that time, he has been playing with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League. In three games played, he has scored a goal and recorded an assist, making for two points registered as well as two penalty minutes.
With the deal having one through in the early hours of Saturday morning, it took place during the Canadiens morning skate at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, Quebec where the team was getting ready for the rivalry game against Toronto.
It was afterwards when head coach Claude Julien spoke about the re-acquisition of Dale Weise, saying that he was a good player when he was with the Canadiens and is also a good guy to have in the locker room.
As noted by Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette, Julien would also add on that Weise can bring some experience to Laval after the Rocket lost forward Michael McCarron for the remainder of the season following shoulder surgery this week.
On the other end of this deal is defensemen David Schlemko who has most recently been down with the Laval Rocket at Place Bell after having gone unclaimed off Montreal waivers.
Schlemko started the season with the Canadiens where he appeared in 18 games played, recording two assists and two points to go alongside four penalty minutes. He also added on a -1 Plus/Minus rating.
Since arriving in Laval, Schlemko has appeared in eight games played, scoring a single goal to go alongside three assists, making for four points registered to go alongside two penalty minutes. He also added on a -6 Plus/Minus rating.
Schlemko was originally signed as a free agent by the Arizona Coyotes and has since seen time with the Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars, New Jersey Devils, San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights.
In taking a look now at the entirety of Schlemko’s NHL career as a whole, the defensemen has appeared in a total of 418 games played, scoring 18 goals to go alongside 76 assists, making for a total of 94 points registered. He also adds 124 penalty minutes and a Plus/Minus rating of 9 to his resume.
As for prospect centreman Byron Froese from the Laval Rocket, the 27-year-old native of Winkler, Manitoba has only appeared in a total of 110 games played, scoring five goals to go alongside eleven assists, making for a total of 16 points registered.
The has all happened between time with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning and most recently with the Canadiens whom he joined as a free agent back in July of 2017.
In taking a look at his numbers thus far into the 2018-2019 regular season, Froese, who is the first captain in Laval Rocket franchise history, has scored 14 goals to go alongside 16 assists, making for 30 points registered in 46 games played. He also adds a Plus/Minus rating of 2 and 23 penalty minutes to his resume.
Froese was originally selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the fourth round (119th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. At the time, he was in his first of two years playing with the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League.
Both Froese and Schlemko are now set to join the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League where, for Schlemko, he will continue to pile on playing time and for Froese, where he will continue to develop his all around game.
With every acquisition comes the cost of having to let a player go in order to make room and so the Canadiens made that tough call on Saturday morning, announcing that they had placed veteran defensemen Karl Alzner on waivers.
The Canadiens return to action on Saturday night at the Bell Centre as they get set to play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs with a one point difference between the two sides. It’s hockey’s oldest rivalry on this week’s edition of Hockey Night In Canada and it all gets going when the puck drops in Montreal at 7:00pmET. The game can be seen on Sportsnet One and CBC, meanwhile, it can be heard on TSN Radio 690 Montreal and TSN Radio 1050 Toronto.