May 3, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; San Jose Sharks defenseman Brad Stuard (7) is hit by Vancouver Canucks right wing Dale Weise (32) during the first period of game two of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks Winger Dale Weise Files for Salary Arbitration

Vancouver Canucks right winger Dale Weise has filed for salary arbitration despite being reportedly close to a new contract.

Weise’s agent, Allain Roy, tells the Province negotiations are ongoing and it was done to “uphold his client’s rights.”

This is the second in as many years Weise has filed for salary arbitration. He filed last summer after the the Canucks tendered a two-way qualifying offer. The two sides averted arbitration by coming to an agreement on a one-year, one-way contract worth $615,000.

Weise’s qualifying offer this season was set at $676,500 and could have been either a one-way or two-way contract. He’s probably looking for the same term and dollar value fellow fourth line winger Tom Sestito signed for. Sestito signed a two-year contract with an average annual value of $750,000.

Sestito is the better puglist and can hold his own against the heavyweight enforcers of the league, but is a subpar hockey player. He averaged only 6:25 on the season and was only used five-on-five. Weise, on the other hand, averaged 9:33 and was a contributor on the penalty kill.

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