Raphael Diaz filling in nicely as injury replacement

When the Rangers acquired Raphael Diaz for a 5th round pick, it was pegged as a depth move made by a team that needed a #7 defenseman pretty badly. We made the same assessment, but said not to sleep on that deal. Diaz was a solid contributor for Montreal and Vancouver, perhaps more-so than his […]
Via Blue Seat Blogs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Lundqvist Almost Fought Last Night; Diaz In for J. Moore

While all our eyes were fixated on Rick Nash shoving Sergei Bobrovsky during last night’s wild game in Columbus, what we didn’t notice was Henrik Lundqvist skating to his own blueline in preparation of his teammates needing some additional toughness (via Daily News)… “It looked like (Bobrovsky) punched our guy (Nash). I wasn’t sure what happened, and he was getting involved...
Via NY Rangers Blog
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Raphael Diaz in for the injured John Moore tonight

Raphael Diaz, acquired from the Vancouver Canucks at the trade deadline, will make his Rangers debut tonight in New Jersey. Diaz will take John Moore’s spot in the lineup, as Moore did not return after taking a big hit in the first period of last night’s victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. It is expected that Diaz will be on a pairing with Kevin Klein.
Via Blue Seat Blogs
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers can’t afford to be wasteful with draft picks

Diaz cannot represent a waste of a draft pick when the dust settles Henrik Lundqvist was picked 205th overall in 2000. Ryan Callahan was a 4th round pick in 2004. Anton Stralman was a late round draft pick and even former Rangers such as Nigel Dawes offered mid round value to the franchise. All the above are just a few examples that evidence that you don’t just throw away draft...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers acquire defenseman Raphael Diaz from Vancouver

The Rangers upgraded on Justin Falk as their 7D as the deadline expired, nabbing Raphael Diaz from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a 2015 5th round pick. Diaz has a line of 1-11-12 in split time with Montreal and Vancouver this season, and would be a solid fill in on the bottom pair in case of injury. This is a depth move for the Rangers. It should be noted that Diaz has better...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Vancouver Canucks Acquire Raphael Diaz – He’ll play tonight.

A Coup for Gillis and Co. A slew of injuries to the Vancouver Canucks blueline and a less than desirable start to an all-important five game road trip later, and management has already seen enough. In an effort to curb the trend of demoralizing losses and mitigate the recent losses of right-handed defencemen, Kevin Bieksa and Chris Tanev, the Canucks have acquired Raphael Diaz from...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Canucks’ new blueliner Diaz comes with some questions

Whether his acquisition is the beginning of a team makeover or not, the Canucks are getting a serviceable NHL defenceman in Raphael Diaz. His future in Vancouver, though, is open to debate, seeing as he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer. The trade that brought the Swiss blueliner from Montreal in exchange for fourth-line winger Dale Weise has as many questions as it...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Vancouver Canucks acquire Raphael Diaz from Montreal

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America The Vancouver Canucks have acquired Raphael Diaz from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Dale Weise, the team announced on Monday. Diaz was on the trade black since he is a unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. In 46 games this season, Diaz posted 11 assists and a minus-4 rating.  The Canucks have several holes to fill...
Via Tireball.com
February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Canadiens deal Diaz to Canucks for Weise

The Montreal Canadiens have traded defenseman Raphael Diaz to the Vancouver Canucks for forward Dale Weise. The 28-year-old Diaz had 11 assists and 12 penalty minutes in 46 games for the Canadiens this season. The native of Baar, Switzerland, has 41 points (four goals, 37 assists) and 48 penalty minutes in 128 NHL career games. He joins a Canucks' blue line that has suffered...
Via AP on Fox
February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Diaz’s days with Canadiens are numbered

The Canadiens like Raphael Diaz. Diaz likes the Canadiens. But Diaz’s days with the Canadiens are numbered. If the Swiss defenceman isn’t traded before July 1, the Canadiens will allow him to test the free-agent market. This is one of those decisions that will be governed primarily by the business of hockey, but there is also an on-ice element. Diaz, who turned 28 this month...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

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