In the nearly two years he’s had control of the Canadiens front office general manager Marc Bergevin has made two trades that involved NHL players. Both of those acquired in deals, fprward Dale Weise and defenceman Davis Drewiske, were in the news over the weekend.
Saturday night, Weise suffered a dangerous facial skate laceration as he slid into the boards after being checked by Toronto’s Nazem Kadri early in the third period. Kadri’s momentum caused him to accidentally turn and his skate caught Weise’s upper lip. Kadri was assessed a boarding penalty on the play. Weise left the ice for the clinic where he took multiple stitches but returned to the bench with a full face shield for the final minutes of the third period and the overtime but was not given another shift. He told reporters afterward, “There was no question that I was going to stay in the clinic. I wanted to celebrate with my teammates.” He had no idea how many stitches he took but I counted at least twelve that were visible.
If you have the stomach for it, you can see George Parros Sunday morning twitter photo of the damage below.
Here is the video of the incident.
Weise was acquired by the Canadiens in return for Raphael Diaz on February third. Weise was with the team when they left for Los Angeles Sunday afternoon. Drewiske was not.
Drewiske had been acquired from the Los Angeles Kings last April 5th in return for a 5th round draft choice. At the time the Canadiens defense was thinned out by the Alexei Emelin knee injury and a Raphael Diaz concussion. Because of training camp shoulder surgery, he hasn’t played this season. Now healthy, the Canadiens asked waivers on him Sunday morning. If he clears by noon Monday, he will join the Hamilton Bulldogs.
The Canadiens will start their four game western swing still in possession of second place in the Atlantic Division and third in the Eastern Conference. Tampa Bay failed to catch the Canadiens when they lost to Colorado 6-3 Sunday. The Habs are two points ahead of Tampa and three ahead of Toronto. Tampa still has a game in hand.
Here is the grim aftermath of the Weise/Kadri incident, thanks to George Parros who tweeted
Where did the skate hit you weezy? pic.twitter.com/iTgtpNDv6W
— George Parros (@GeorgeParros) March 2, 2014