Is it just me, or does it seem like Raphael Diaz is always around when something stupid seems to happen. The suicide pass to Lars Eller, him chasing the puck behind the net instead of covering in front, then in overtime, the puck shot off of him and into the net. All these blunders are playoffs alone.
In my opinion, Diaz is a weak defender with limited defensive abilities and it seems that all his assets come offensively and specifically on the powerplay, much like a Yannick Weber or a Marc-Andre Bergeron. I might be the only one, but I see little positives for Raphael Diaz and getting him back while losing Alexei Emelin is almost a double blow to the Canadiens. Diaz has shown little improvement throughout 2 years in the NHL on the defensive end. He coughs up the puck on passes, has weak shots, and seems to just lose the puck from his stick. Maybe he's just unlucky, but a bad player is also an unlucky player, and everything that can happen, seems to happen to Raphael Diaz.
Before game 3, I jokingly told my friend "I'd rather see Tomas Kaberle". Well, I think at this point, he's a better option than Diaz. Kaberle has more experience than Diaz, and at this stage of his career, he may not be the powerplay quarterback that Markov is or Kaberle ever was, but I think he can be as efficient as Diaz and defensive, even with only 10 games played, I'd rather see Kaberle than Diaz. Or anyone else. Hell, is Davis Drewiske good for anything? Or how about rookie Nathan Beaulieu? Or Greg Pateryn?
I beg of Marc Bergevin to not resign Diaz at season's end. Go out and get someone like a Mark Streit, who's not a liability on defense. Losing Emelin and getting back Diaz was the biggest double blow to Montreal I can remember in recent history.