Montreal Canadian Make Moves

The Montreal Canadians have had an eventful morning making roster moves. They’ve traded two players, activated a player off the IR, placed one on the IR, and sent another down on waivers. So you could say it has been a busy day.

Trade

The Habs have traded defenseman David Schlemko and forward Byron Froese to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Christian Folin and forward Dale Weise.

This will be Dale Weise’s second tour in the Montreal Canadians organization. His first time around, between 2013-2016, Weise played in 152 games with 27 goals and 32 assists.  In his time since the Habs, Weise has played in 167 games with 17 goals and 18 assists. Weise had only good things to say about the Habs organization:

“To come back now, it just feels so surreal. I’m so excited. This is where I’ve always wanted to be; the team, the fans, the ownership, the coaches, just everything, it’s everything I want to be a part of.” (x)

Christian Folin (happy 28th birthday) started his career in Minnesota before being traded to the Kings and then to Philly. In Philly, Folin has only appeared in 26 games with 2 assists but a +5 rating.

The IR

The Canadians have activated Andrew Shaw off the IR. Shaw has been out since December 31st with a neck injury. Shaw played in 36 games before being placed on the IR with 11 goals, 13 assists, and 38 penalty minutes. (I feel like that’s an important Shawzy stat)

Paul Byron was placed on the IR today with a forearm injury. Byron suffered the injury during the February 3rd game against the Edmonton Oilers. In 36 games, Byron only has 10 goals, 9 assists and a +9 rating.

Waivers

After Shawzy was removed from the IR, Karl Alzner was placed on waivers and cleared to the AHL. Alzner has only played 9 games with the Habs this season and has managed 1 assists. Alzner was acquired from Washington before the 2017-18 season, he went on to play all 82 games with 1 goal and 11 assists.

The trade deadline is 19 weeks out and the Canadians are sitting 3rd in the Atlantic so I highly doubt that this will be the last trade Montreal makes in that time. They’re still looking to improve their struggling power play, which has only scored 5 of 39 opportunities since the beginning of 2019. Today’s roster moves are a step in a positive direction for this Montreal team.


Featured Image: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports / NESN

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