Dale Weise turned 27 today, and even though he's only been with the Canadiens for less than two seasons, he's provided us with some memorable moments.
Weise's usage received a lot of criticism last year, and some interpreted that as a slag towards the forward himself, which is understandable, although not necessarily true.
The fact of the matter is that Weise is signed to a very reasonable contract, provides offense in a pinch, and has shown great signs of versatility. The issue with his usage last should probably be pinned to Marc Bergevin's roster makeup. Essentially, it wasn't Weise's fault that he was being used on the top lines.
That being said, instead of rehashing an old debate, let's take a look at the moments that stick out in his short tenure with the Habs
Key goals vs Ottawa in the playoffs
There was just over 5 minutes left go in the game, and with the Senators leading 1-0 it really seemed as if they would cut down Montreal's series lead to 2-1.
Enter Dale Weise.
On a night where Craig Anderson was playing lights out hockey, Weise found a way to turn the tide. Weise's overtime goal gave the Habs a 3-0 series lead, and the rest is history.
He's not the biggest hitter in the game, but he'll take his opportunity to lay out an opponent when he sees it.
Epitome of Dale Weise
This isn't a particularly great goal, but to me it represents a lot of what Weise can bring to the table: a quality bottom-six player with a decent set of hands that can contribute timely goals.
The feud with Milan Lucic
It started out innocently enough. Milan Lucic celebrated an empty net goal as if he had just won the Stanley Cup, pounding his chest and flinging himself into the boards.
Most times the story would end there. Not when Weise is involved.
Weise responded with a goal of his own, and mimicked Lucic's chest pounding celebration, which of course angered Lucic.
Lucic then decided he would literally flex his muscles from the bench, which of course prompted another response from Weise.
Lucic's frustration culminated when he threatened to kill Weise during the eventual handshake, once the Bruins were eliminated, which led to a heavy amount of deserved mockery sent Lucic's way.
This short video sums up the rivalry fairly well:
Love him or hate him, there's little doubt that Dale Weise has produced some very memorable events during his short time with the Canadiens. Here's to many more. Happy birthday, Dale.