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Vancouver deals Weise for Diaz; Tortorella returns as Canucks face Red Wings

The Vancouver Canucks have traded depth forward Dale Weise to the Montreal Canadiens, in exchange for defenceman Raphael Diaz. - Wikimedia Commons (author Loxy!!)
The Vancouver Canucks have traded depth forward Dale Weise to the Montreal Canadiens, in exchange for defenceman Raphael Diaz.
— image credit: Wikimedia Commons (author Loxy!!)

The Vancouver Canucks have shipped out depth forward Dale Weise, moving him to Montreal in exchange for defenceman Raphael Diaz.

Diaz will play for Switzerland this month in Sochi's Olympics, alongside national teammate and former Canadiens (now Canucks) teammate Yannick Weber. (Diaz's play through 2012 and 2013 was thought to be the reason for Weber's casting off from Montreal, as well, or at least the reason Weber was bumped to No. 7 in Quebec's defensive depth chart.)

In 46 games with the Habs this season, Diaz has put up 11 assists. Last year, he had 14 points in 23 games, and 16 points in 59 games in 2012.

Diaz is 28 years old. He is not expected to play tonight, when the Canucks visit the Red Wings in Detroit.

In 44 games played this season, Weise has three goals and 12 total points, rotating through Vancovuer's bottom six.

Torts Freed

Head coach John Tortorella returns to the fold for the struggling Canucks tonight, even though he made an appearance with Statler and Waldorf in Winnipeg last Friday.

Tortorella has finished serving his six-game suspension, handed out after he tried to go into Calgary's dressing room during the first intermission over two weeks ago.

The Canucks have lost three straight games and are 3-7 in their last 10. Detroit, now isolated from Vancouver in the East, are eighth place in their conference with 60 points through 55 games played.

Vancouver is clinging to eighth in the West with 63 points.

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