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RAPHAEL DIAZ RUMORS & GOSSIP

Retain or Release: Raphael Diaz

Raphael Diaz, in a lot of ways, seems inconsequential. After all the noise surrounding the Callahan/St.Louis swap, he was quietly shipped to New York as depth for a fifth-round pick. He played a handful of games in the regular season and then a few more in the playoffs. All without much fanfare. In that sense, the Rangers brought in a cheap rental for depth and he served his purpose...
Via NY Rangers Blog
16 days ago  |  Discuss

The Power Play Stinks ; Why Not Try Diaz?

The Rangers deserve to be where they are. The deserved to win the series against Philadelphia and they certainly earned their win in Game One over the Penguins. But the thing about hockey is that “deserving” to win doesn’t always equate to actually doing so. For the Rangers, a series against the Flyers that should have been over in five games extended all the way into the dying...
Via NY Rangers Blog
May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

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
April 10, 2014  |  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
March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Where does Raphael Diaz fit in?

Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images When the Rangers sent a 2015 5th round pick to Vancouver for Raphael Diaz, many wondered where he would fit in. The Rangers seem set in the top-four with Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi, Kevin Klein, and Marc Staal. They also have a fairly effective third pair in John Moore and Anton Stralman, although that pairing has been rather inconsistent of late. With Justin...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
March 09, 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

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

Habs sign Diaz

The signings continue in Montreal, as the Canadiens announced the signing of defenceman Raphael Diaz this afternoon to a two year deal, avoiding potential arbitration. Diaz had 3 goals and 16 points in 59 games for the Habs last season, and slots in as the likely #5 or #6 defenceman in Montreal come October…or November, or whenever we have a CBA. More details here: Canadiens...
Via Kukla's Korner
July 13, 2012  |  Discuss
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