Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/14/14
But to What Exact End? Mike Gillis was up to his busy body old self on Wednesday, signing Jordan Schroeder, Yann Sauve and most importantly for the present, and future of this club, Dale Weise. If this signing, much like every other one Gillis has made to this point in the offseason has you thinking #boldmoves, you should feel just a little more than validated in said feelings. Taking a player like Dale Weise to arbitration, which the Vancouver Canucks would have been forced into doing were it not for the swift contractual hand of GMMG, is just a little too risky for my liking. That’s Big in the Dutch League Can you even imagine the salary that Weise would command if this process had lasted to the arbitration hearing? Hell, can you even imagine Gillis and Laurence Gilman coming out of that meeting as the same men they were before it? Usually it is the player who has to listen to the critiques of the coaching staff and management, as the two sides battle for pennies on the dollar before a “fair”ish figure is come to. Such would not be the case with Weise. Surely his imposing demeanor would have forced Gillis into the fetal position and Gilman into a spending spree. Dale Weise hits the lottery with new deal in Van City. (Photo: Google) Threatening glare and Jay Leno-esque chin aside, what if Weise brought up his 48 points during a short but legendary stay with the Dutch League’s Tilburg Trappers? The Canucks would easily wind up owing him somewhere in the neighbourhood of five to six million a season on the newly imposed maximum term of eight years. If that’s not Dutch League big, or as the locals would call it, the “Eridivisie”, I don’t know what is. In All Seriousness Though All jokes aside - and believe me when I say that Weise is the joke that just keeps on giving – this has to be seen as a good value move for the Canucks. I mean, one year at $750,000? Can’t go wrong. Besides, they don’t have much in the way of cap space left at their disposal and probably couldn’t do better than Weise even if they tried their absolute hardest to scour the bargain bin of free agency. And let’s just be perfectly honest here, the guy is a pretty solid fourth liner. While he skates with the grace of a drunken Seguin and has the offensive punch of a George Parros (at best), there has to be something said for a defensively sound fourth liner. What genuinely sets Weise aside from most fourth liners (and note the “genuinely, because yeah, I’m totally done with the sarcasm… for this piece) is his ability as a penalty killer. His Corsi-Relative is the fifth best among Canucks forwards on the penalty kill, and fourth if you don’t count David Booth (not a fair sample size comparison, really). For those not-so-well versed in the world of advanced stats, that means that the Canucks are (according to Behind the Net) worse off without him on the ice killing penalties, to the tune of a 19 shot-attempt differential. If his Dutch League production can ever catch up with Weise in North America, the league has to be put on notice. CLICK HERE CHECK OUT THE CANUCKS BLOG IN OUR CLUBHOUSE SECTION AT NWSB!
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