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DALE WEISE SET TO LEAVE NHL ONCE 2019-20 SEASON IS COMPLETED

The man affectionately known as 'Dutch Gretzky' by many hockey fans is reportedly closing in on a contract that will see him leave the NHL once the league's Return to Play program ends. Dale Weise, currently a member of the Montreal Canadiens, is on the final year of a four-year NHL contract. According to Le Matin, a French-language daily newspaper out of Switzerland, he is closing in on a new deal with Lausanne HC of the Swiss National League.

Lausanne has been very busy in the North American market over the last couple of days. The team has already signed Cory Conacher, who is under contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning but not included on the team's 31-man bubble roster, as well as Brian Gibbons, who is under contract with Carolina but, like Conacher, won't be playing for the team in the play-in round or the playoffs (should the Hurricanes make it). Conacher was given a three-year deal while Gibbons has a one-year contract.

Weise was selected 111th overall in 2008 by the New York Rangers. He played just 10 games for the team before being picked up on waivers by the Vancouver Canucks. In 2014, he was shipped to the Montreal Canadiens for his first stint with the team, and that's where he would have his best years, netting 10 goals and 29 points in 2014-15 and 14 goals and 26 points the following season. In July of 2016, Weise landed a four-year, $9.4 million dollar deal with Philadelphia as a free agent. That contract would be the one that runs out once this season has ended. He returned to Montreal in February of 2019 in a trade. He spent more time in the AHL this season than he did playing for the Canadiens.



Le Matin also reports that Lausanne is close to signing defenseman Mark Barberio, who is currently under contract with the Colorado Avalanche. Barberio, like Weise, has been included on his team's roster for the playoffs, although he likely won't see much action unless the team is hit with injuries.

By the way, Weise's 'Dutch Gretzky' nickname comes from a stint playing with the Tilburg Trappers, a team based in the Netherlands, during the NHL lockout in 2012-13. Weise was the only NHLer to play in that league at the time. He put up 22 goals and 48 points in 19 games.

Source: Le Matin
TIM TUCKER
JULY 29, 2020  (9H56)
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