Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher has began to cut the fat off of the Flyers. Earlier this week he sent disappointing forward Jordan Weal to Arizona for a 6th round pick, a fitting end to Weal’s lackluster career with Philadelphia.
Now, it appears another member of the fans’ black list, Dale Weise, is also on his way out. Weise was placed on waivers by the Flyers Tuesday morning and cleared on Wednesday as expected. Since clearing waivers Weise has not been with the team and will not be making the trip up to Montreal for Saturday’s tilt with the Canadiens. A move seems imminent which would finally bring an end to the awful Dale Weise experience in Philadelphia.
Nolan Patrick was the most upset about the decision to move on from Weise. Patrick spoke to the media the day after the waive and had this to say:
“He was really good at helping me stay positive through the slump and when everything wasn’t going well. He’s by far the best teammate I’ve ever had.”
The Flyers locker room has endured some major shake ups this season and Patrick seems to be particularly hurt by this most recent one.
Former GM Ron Hextall inked Weise to a four-year $9.4 million contract in 2016, things only got worse from there. The forward has tallied only 11 points in his 42 games this season. The Flyers as a whole have struggled to score at times with Monday’s victory against Minnesota being the first time they scored more than three goals in their last nine games.
In fairness, Weise was never brought in for his offensive abilities. He’s a tough power forward who on the right team could be a decent fourth line player. However, on the Flyers he was asked to play more minutes than he should have. Former coach Dave Hakstol put a premium on giving veteran players ice time and Weise was one of his favorites. His lack of abilities in the offensive zone, poor puck presence, and frequent turnovers were a constant hinderance for the team.
The fans haven’t had much to get excited about this season, but the departure of one of their least favorite players should spark morale. For now.
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