Dec 19, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Vancouver Canucks right wing Dale Weise (32) skates against the Dallas Stars during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Dallas Stars defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks Coach John Tortorella Explains Dale Weise Trade

Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella explained the decision was made to trade right winger Dale Weise because “it wasn’t working.”

Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy believes Weise and Tortorella “had different ideas about what kind of player [Weise] was.”

Tortorella—like many Canucks fans—probably saw Weise as more of a physical fourth line player that dropped the gloves on a regular basis.  Weise, on the other hand, saw himself more of a speedy, hard-nosed fourth liner, part-time third liner, that hits and fights on occasion.

It was reported last month that the Canucks had made Weise available for trade, so the trade wasn’t completely a surprise. The value was a pleasant surprise as many didn’t expect there to be a market for him.

The Canucks got themselves a serviceable NHL defenceman in Raphael Diaz, who will be able to play some top-four minutes for the team. If you asked me a day ago, I would have thought the Canucks would have gotten a late round pick for him tops if they were lucky.

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