Dale Weise can see the writing on the wall.
The Montreal winger is a pending UFA who 1) has produced well on a reasonable contract, 2) hasn’t had much discussion about a new contract and, 3) plays on a team outside the playoff picture.
Meaning, 4) he knows he’s a candidate to be traded.
“Obviously, you got to look at where we are, look at my contract status and we haven’t had a lot of talk,” Weise said over the weekend, per the Montreal Gazette. “So I think you would weigh a little more on the side that there’s a pretty good chance that I’m going to get moved, but crazier things have happened.”
Weise, 27, would certainly be a fairly attractive pickup for a team seeking depth at forward. He’s on a very good contract — a $1.025M cap hit, which expires this summer — and has scored well this season, with 14 goals and 25 points in 55 games.
He’s also averaging a career-high 14:21 TOI per night and has some good playoff experience, with 34 career games split between Vancouver and Montreal.
Of course, Weise did say he’d like nothing more than to remain a Hab.
“I love Montreal,” he said. “This is where I want to stay.”