Archive for Dale Weise
This may be my favourite edition of Musings, even more so than Becky’s fine effort. Why you ask? Because as you read this I am sipping the first vodka and coke on my flight to Stockholm! Hallå!!! That’s hello in Swedish, though I’m sure you could have guessed. Anyway, following a busy few days and an even busier few to come, let’s get to it.
Sean Avery I. I couldn’t start this without mentioning the former Ranger. Waived, gone but not forgotten. Assuming he never plays a game in red white and blue again I’ll think of Avery for what could have been. He could have been a great agitator who made an impact every game but that simply wasn’t the fact.
Sean Avery II: A good impact (a la Wade Redden) or a bad impact (a la Patrick Rissmiller) down on the farm?
Quiet preseason? Doesn’t matter. Have any of you got any concerns about Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky, Dan Girardi and Brian Boyle? Thought not. Core players that only poor health could stop productive years.
Kings Watch: Player I’m most excited to watch? Dustin Brown. Not Anze Kopitar, not Drew Doughty. I want to see how physical he really is or whether a lot of his big rep is media talk.
Ducks Watch: I am ridiculously excited to see Teemu Selanne in person. Along with Jaromir Jagr (RIP) he is the greatest scorer Europe ever produced, to this point.
From the limited exposure I had to the pre-season, I thought Brendan Bell looked good enough that he didn’t warrant being waived, especially under the circumstances (injuries).
Dale Weise won’t be missed. I was a fan of the guy but there are plenty of players that can play in the bottom six still in the organisation, and he didn’t stand out in the few chances he got so good luck to him in riot land Vancouver.
Me, all me! To some of you this isn’t much but I’m pretty chuffed (you have that word in the US?) that I get to watch the Rangers 4 times in person in the next 6 weeks. For a Brit-Ranger-fan, that’s pretty damn cool.
I’m delighted Tim Erixon is getting a chance on opening night. I’m distraught the Rangers are apparently looking at Paul Mara though. That ship has sailed folks. He can come back to grow a beard in April though.
Sweden is an expensive place to drink. I am currently not feeling well (doctor actually advised me to stay home)…. but you can be rest assured that I will be doing my damndest to have a damn fine weekend. My wallet is shaking with fear.
Brandon Dubinsky on the top line is the right call. On the current roster he’s the best option with his style. It’s a shame the Dubi-Artie-Cally line get’s split up but if Artem Anisimov carries his form on and Callahan well, plays like he usually does, then whoever ends up on the left (Feds?) won’t struggle. The beauty of this roster is that there is a lot of flexibility.
I’m going to provide some pictures over the next few days of the globe and of Stockholm and any Ranger stuff that’s interesting; if I can get past my technophobia.
- Prediction one: Erik Christensen will not finish the season with the Rangers.
- Prediction two: Ryan Bourque will finish the season with the Rangers.
- Game one prediction: Rangers 4 Kings 3 (calling Gabby for the GWG)
- Game two prediction: Rangers 3 Ducks 2 (OT) (Wolski with the GWG – don’t laugh)
See you soon peeps; and wish me safe travels. GO RANGERS!!!!
There has been a lot of action in Rangerland, as the Vancouver Canucks have claimed now ex-New York Ranger forward Dale Weise off of waivers. Weise had a good preseason, but in reality, there was no real place for him on this roster. With Mats Zuccarello claiming the last spot, Weise was bound to be sent back to the AHL. The Rangers had announced he had been cut over the weekend, but did not place him on waivers until Sunday, a day after placing John Mitchell and Kris Newbury on waivers (they were all cut the same day).
It is good to see that Weise was claimed by a team, as it was clear he had no future with the Rangers organization. Ryan Bourque and Carl Hagelin had moved ahead of Weise on the depth chart, and with Chris Kreider and Christian Thomas looming, there was simply no spot for Weise this year or next. Weise is going to be a good bottom six player, and the Canucks are a great club to get claimed by. Good luck to Weise in the future.
The Rangers weathered the proverbial storm in the first period against HC Slovan, and came out on top of the Slovakian team 4-1 in Bratislava. Let’s get to the bullet points.
- Mats Zuccarello had another strong game. He already solidified his roster spot, but he may be a dark horse to wind up on the top line if Wojtek Wolski falters.
- Stu Bickel looked pretty good, despite his penalty. I am going to call him Pickle at least once per game this year though.
- What a play by Brandon Prust on Artem Anisimov’s short handed tally. Prust knocked down a Slovan behind the net, took the puck, and dished it to Artie in front of the net, who pretty much had ten seconds to bury it. The goal was Artie’s, but the work was done by Prust.
- The first powerplay unit of Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik, Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan, and Michael Del Zotto looked pretty good. Richards had a nice play to get the puck to Zuc for his goal.
- The second unit had some fancy passing too, and was a pretty nice surprise. Dan Girardi made a nice pass to Brian Boyle in front of the net for his chip in goal.
- Despite the win, the Rangers looked very sloppy in the first period. They were getting out skated, out shot, and out performed in every aspect of the game. They were lucky to only be down 1-0 after the first.
- This is the second straight game where the Rangers took way too many penalties against inferior opponents. That needs to stop.
- There is one more preseason game in Switzerland before the Rangers open their season in Sweden.
Dale Weise has been the subject of many heated debates in Rangerland. Some, like myself, believe that he is a fourth line guy that, since he has never made the team out of camp, has not earned a spot on the roster. Others believe that he has never been given the opportunity to make the roster out of camp. There are others that believe he can be a decent second line player (that group is a group I like to call insane). The one thing we can agree on is that Weise is playing for his Rangers future this preseason.
The 2008 fourth round pick (#111 overall) has spent three seasons with the Rangers organization, but played just ten games at the NHL level. He has not scored an NHL point, but he did showcase toughness and a willingness to do the dirty work. But the thing is, the Rangers have a lot of players in the organization that fit that mold, and most of those guys simply have more offensive skill than Weise. Guys like Ryan Bourque, Carl Hagelin, and Mats Zuccarello, if they wind up making the Rangers, will wind up as third line players. It’s not a slight against, them, but will they unseat anyone on the top-six? I doubt it.
Since Weise has less offensive skill than those guys, he fits on the fourth line. Again, this is not a slight against him, I’m just reading between the lines of where he fits. Brandon Prust and Brian Boyle seem to be slated for fourth line duties this season, with Mike Rupp filling in the last spot on that line (side note: PBR line…awesome). With players like Erik Christensen and Sean Avery in camp, one of who (Avery) cannot be waived, Weise’s only real chance to make the roster is to unseat Christensen as the “13th forward”.
To do so, he is going to have to outplay not only Christensen, but Zuccarello, Hagelin, and Bourque. That’s a lot of pressure for a kid who may not have the offensive tools to out duel all four of them in camp. If Weise is going to make the roster this year, he is going to need to do what he does best (grind it out), but add to his game and chip in offensively.
Even moving ahead to next year, things look bleak for Weise and the Rangers. Sure, Avery, Christensen, and Ruslan Fedotenko will all be off the books. But then you have to look at Hagelin and Bourque again, who will have a year in the AHL under their belts. If Zuccarello is back, then he’s another candidate. Let’s also not forget about Christian Thomas, who is going to be fighting for a spot on this year’s and next year’s club.
There just simply isn’t room for Weise unless he makes room for himself. Much like Dane Byers, his window with the Rangers is closing fast.
Training Camp Is Here. Training camp starts today and day 1 is the day that all the players fear the most. As some of the beat writers have already discussed, day one is basically ‘The Test’. It’s where Coach Tortorella runs his players in to the ground. Torts’ camps are legendary and it all begins with the first day. That said, training camp is about so much more for the team than just fitness. Here are a few things that are worth monitoring going through camp.
How many rookies will force their way on to the roster?
The Rangers camp will be different this year because of the European trip. It affects how many players the Rangers take to Europe with them and could influence how many rookies/prospects have a legitimate chance to make the team from the outset. Tim Erixon seems to have a spot to lose; he’d have to be seriously outplayed by at least 2 players or show that he isn’t physically ready for a Torts camp.
Carl Hagelin has a legitimate chance to make his Rangers debut in his homeland too. He showed skill and great speed in Traverse but his immediate future may be tied to the upcoming camp performances of Christensen and Avery.
The dark horse, which I have maintained all along, is Ryan Bourque. Bourque remained relatively healthy last season and followed up that with a good, if not great Traverse City tourney. He displayed speed and a lot of skill to go with his undoubted team first attitude and terrific work ethic. He seems an ideal option if the Rangers insist on going younger in the bottom 6.
Beyond the Swedes and the Hall of Famer’s son, it would take a remarkable training camp for another rookie to force his way on to the plane to Sweden. The Rangers have a ton of depth but not a lot of vacancies (despite a lot of talent developing in the system) so aren’t likely to rush any prospects unless their play demands promotion.
Join us after the jump for plenty more camp questions.
I opened my email last night and received an email that intrigued me. It was from a fan of the blog (Sene) who was just pitching a post (more of a rant) to me about Dale Weise. This is a hot topic for Ranger fans, especially since the arrest of Sean Avery. Without further ado, here is Sene’s post/rant:
The Rangers have been wiping the behind of Sean Avery for long enough. With all the young talent that has been developed in the system and its recent success, why not give Dale Weise a (money saving) slot in sean Avery’s stead?
Weise would be more support than Avery for Mike Rupp and Brandon Prust in the brawler department. He would also most likely be a bit more tame and respectable, taking on a Prust like role. The reason for this line of thought: John Tortorella. We’ve all seen Tort’s famous multiple smacks to the back of Avery (and Dubinsky) after they made disappointing decisions that cost the team. Such smacks led to tears in both players eyes. Not anger.
This coach commands respect from the team and for the team. Young players tend to look up to individuals like Torts and want to impress them like a son would his father. These players have not made it rich yet by any means. They are working for contracts, not putting up subpar numbers for a high salary while interning for Vogue.
If Avery is unimpressed by Tortorellas tactics, that’s fine. The Cup count is at Torts:1 Avery: 0. Look at what Torts did in Tampa with its core youth. John Tortorella was the cherry on Brad Richards ice cream sundae when making his decision on what team had whored themselves out enough to bring him to town. Tort’s bond with Richards was strong enough, that said player was fine promising him nine years of service. (Maybe six years and a buyout).
While not yet proven, who is to say Weise can’t be the 2010-2011 Bruins’ Milan Lucic for the 2011-2012 Blueshirts. He has the both the physical size and the heart.
Lets finally admit that as nice as the idea may seems (Mr. Brooks) , it probably wouldn’t be Avery to spark a long term flame under Marian Gaborik’s behind. People in the press box need to come to grips with the fact that Avery is just an agitator; no more, no less. Give a kiss goodbye, would you? Give Weise a go. What’s his criminal record like anyway?
Side note: This got me thinking. If you have any ideas you want to pitch to us as posts, definitely feel free to shoot us an email. You don’t have to write a full on post if you aren’t comfortable, but anything you want to see us discuss is always welcomed.
RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FORWARD DALE WEISE
Weise, 22, skated in 47 games with the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season, registering 18 goals and 20 assists for 38 points, along with 73 penalty minutes. He established a career-high and ranked third on Connecticut with seven power play goals. He also ranked third on the team in goals, fifth in power play assists (10) and tied for third in game-winning goals (three). Weise recorded 10 multi-point performances, including back-to-back three-point efforts on March 6 at Worcester (one goal, two assists) and March 8 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (three assists). His three assists on March 8 marked a single-game career-high. Weise also tied his professional career-high with a six-game point streak from January 25 vs. Providence to February 13 at Providence, registering nine points (four goals, five assists) over the span. In Calder Cup Playoff action, Weise recorded two goals and one assist in five contests with Connecticut.
Weise was assessed a fighting major while making his NHL debut on December 18 at Philadelphia. He registered 19 penalty minutes in 10 games with the Rangers last season. He was credited with a team-high, seven hits and logged a season-high, 12:53 of ice time vs. Toronto on January 19. Weise posted a plus or even rating in nine of his 10 contests, and skated in seven consecutive games from January 1 at Tampa Bay to January 13 vs. Vancouver.
The 6-2, 210-pounder has skated in 194 career AHL contests with the Hartford Wolf Pack/Connecticut Whale, registering 57 goals and 54 assists for 111 points, along with 251 penalty minutes. In 2009-10, Weise established career-highs in goals (28), assists (22), points (50), penalty minutes (114), shorthanded goals (five), and game-winning goals (seven), and tied his career-high with a plus-eight rating. His five shorthanded goals tied for the AHL lead that season, while he led the team and tied for fourth in the league in game-winning goals. He also ranked second on Hartford and tied for 14th in the league in goals, and ranked third on the team in points in 2009-10. Weise made his professional debut with Hartford on October 11, 2008 vs. Springfield, and recorded his first career point with an assist on October 18 at Toronto. In addition, Weise has tallied five goals and two assists in 11 career AHL playoff games with Hartford/Connecticut.
The Winnipeg, Manitoba native was originally selected as the Rangers’ fourth round pick, 111th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Per Mitch Beck of Howlings, the Rangers have re-signed restricted free agent Dale Weise. Weise has signed a one year, two-way deal to remain with the Rangers organization. Weise’s season was riddled with injuries that held him to just 47 games in the AHL, where he put together a line of 18-20-38 with 74 PIMs and an abysmal -14 rating. In the playoffs, Weise scored twice and added an assist in the five Whale playoff games.
In ten games with the Rangers, Weise was held off the scoreboard, but collected 19 PIMs and a -1 rating. Per Capgeek’s waiver calculator, Weise will not have to pass through waivers. However, Beck states he will have to pass through waivers. Take it for what you wiill.
A season of promise at every level for the Rangers organisation seems to be continuing for the prospects. Recently signed to short term contracts following their junior seasons, 2010 top pick Dylan McIlrath and fellow draftee Andrew Yogan have already made their presence felt in the AHL.
In their first pro game they couldn’t have made more of an impression. Injured for most of the year, Yogan made a spectacular impact scoring twice even though the Whale lost to Bridgeport on Saturday night, 4-3. Not to be outdone however was McIlrath. The big defenseman got into a fight, which he won, and was a laying numerous hits throughout the game to play a very physical game in his pro debut. Both young players showed remarkable confidence and ability in their pro debuts. Indeed, Mitch Beck of Howlings noted that he was very impressed with McIlrath’s play.
While the Whale lost their regular season finale to the Admirals on Sunday, Yogan once more found a way to get involved offensively. The big center notched an assist to cap his minor league cameo off in impressive style. Overall the Rangers pick grabbed 3 points in 2 games and went +1. In the Admiral game, McIlrath had a shot and was -1 for the night. Other prospects also pitched in during the game. Pavel Valentenko (not to be forgotten amid all the rookie defensemen hysteria in New York) had 1+1 to finish the year with 17 points and an excellent +21 for the year. Some opinions suggest he may get a long look in training camp for the Rangers. At 6’2 and 220lbs, with a cannon of a shot and a physical game, Valentenko would be a welcome addition if he could make the grade next year.
Quietly having a solid second year is Evgeny Grachev. He may not have dominated at the AHL level or even managed to keep up with the (unfair?) level of expectancy but Grachev notched an assist against Norfolk to finish the year with 38 points, a +21 (compared to a – 13 the year before) and more shots in less games over the year so there has been decent progress made this season. With the few games of NHL experience he managed to grab, Grachev should be well stocked to make an impact next year, perhaps at both levels. 2 years of pro seasoning, further acclimatising to the language and being carefully monitored by Rangers staff should really allow for a decent camp for the big Russian. There could be a spot there for the taking.
Still on the Rangers bubble is Dale Weise. In a season where Weise played in the NHL and AHL as well as suffering through injury he managed to finish with 38 points in 47 games to make sure everyone remembers the big body has an offensive side to his game. Weise should have a chance at a bottom 6 roster spot next camp but he will need to be wary of the prospects fast developing in the organisation also looking for spots.
The Whale will begin their playoff schedule against Portland in the first round. Game 1 will be on Thursday 14th while the first two games are held in Portland. It will be an upset if the Whale can win (similar to the Rangers series vs. Washington) as Portland finished top of both teams’ division with an impressive 47 win, 103 point season. Portland will likely be led by Luke Adam and NHL veteran Mark Parrish as two of the team’s better offensive players are up with the Sabres in the NHL playoffs. It should be an interesting series to see how the Rangers prospects step up against quality opposition.
The Rangers made a few roster moves after last night’s win against Atlanta. With the injuries to Dan Girardi and Brandon Prust, the Rangers recalled Michael Del Zotto and Evgeny Grachev. To make room on the roster, the Rangers returned Dale Weise to the AHL. Weise was a healthy scratch in last night’s game, and had looked a little out of place in his second stint with the Rangers this season.
Grachev and MDZ had been lighting up the AHL, and both look prime for a call up to get a second chance with the club. Even if the call up is temporary, both have earned it. Both players look to have put their slow starts behind them, and appear to have found their game. Of course, this call up is dependent on the severity of the Girardi and Prust injuries. All signs point to both being back after the All Star Game, so this may be a quick two game cameo appearance for both players.