Should Dale Weise be in the discussion for the Cyclone Taylor Trophy?

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via USA Today

Some day, if you’re so lucky, you’ll have the chance to sit your grandchildren down on your knee and regale them with tales of Dale Weise’s conquests. No, not those conquests; rather his heroic efforts in not only sending the hated Boston Bruins home packing, but also getting so far under local boy Milan Lucic’s skin that he couldn’t help but shine a light directly on just how scummy he really is. 

By using the transitive property, you could argue that Weise’s accomplishments over these 11 playoff games to-date have quickly catapulted themselves atop the leaderboard of silver linings to be taken from the 2013-14 season for the Vancouver Canucks. For all intents and purposes, there’s a case to be made that he has been the team’s Most Valuable Player this year. The bigger question is which cap he’ll wear to ironically bring even more attention to what’s happening on top of his head when he accepts his Cyclone Taylor Trophy?

The goal Weise scored last night paled in comparison to the goal he scored earlier in the series aesthetically, but it was monumentally important in staking the Canadiens to an early 1-0 lead that they’d carry throughout a large portion of the decisive game. 

Weise has been something of a revelation in Montreal this Spring, having registered 3 goals and 5 points. That’s the sort of production that we haven’t seen from him since his days with the New York Rangers AHL affiliate (well, except for that time he ran wild all over the Netherlands). 

Maybe just as importantly as those offensive contributions, though, was the integral role he played in causing Milan Lucic to absolutely lose his mind as the series went along, with shenanigans that were expertly walking a tightrope. It was a thing of beauty, really. He flexed on him, both literally and figuratively. Suffice it to say that Lucic didn’t exactly handle it all that well after the fact, reportedly threatening Weise in the handshake line

That particular component of it will (and probably has been, for all I know) be blown out of proportion, but on a grander scale, it must serve as at least a tad bit of vindication for Canucks fans, given how their team and players were generally portrayed by the media as the whiny antagonist to the Boston Bruins’ “doing things the right way” approach. 

Back to Weise, though, whose conquests have to be somewhat bittersweet to watch from afar, what with the Canucks only having 5 games of Raphael Diaz and a 5th round pick to show as their ultimate return from that trade back in early February

It’s worth mentioning that Weise is shooting 21.5% personally, enjoying a 107.4 PDO (thanks to both an elevated on-ice shooting percentage and a ridiculous .955 save percentage by Carey Price), and still getting hammered from a possession perspective. He’s also 19th on the Canadiens in average time on ice this postseason, so while everything he has done has been both admirable and enjoyable, let’s not lose the plot here. You can most certainly argue that the Canucks traded away the wrong 4th liner, but the methodology behind the move was sound at the time, and still is, regardless of how it turned out. Hindsight is always 20/20.

Just because it didn’t work out doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the ride.

  • islander

    The Canucks management from day one set up Torts to fail. No one could have done anything to help this club given the situation Sweaty Gillis put them in. Come the passage of time, when the Canucks some day leave the city for a new destination with nothing to show for its existence, the fans will read up on the history of the team and see Mike Gillis along side the description ” one time NHL GM and Canucks GM “.

    How Mike Gillis ever got a job as GM is one strange foot note, but how this chump kept his job for so so long is something all Canucks fans will ponder with shame. The only worse managers than Gillis are likely the one from BestBuy.

    Now enter Linden. King of the country club, Master of the Axis of Mediocrity, Champion of the Status Quo and the Sultan of not being able to take a hint. Linden follow nicely in Gillis footsteps, turning this franchise into what another Canuck Mcphee did to Washington. The Era or Error has begun again. All smoke and mirrors no substance. The team has hit rock bottom and if they aren’t as bad next year Linden will claim it to be a success and the fanboys will marvel once again at the emperors new clothes.

  • Mantastic

    Weise is an example of what a coach can do for a player!

    And for those out there that are laughing saying I told you so about AV getting shown the door, now in Easter Finals….. Lundquist is an example of what a player can do for a coach.

    Luo plays like Lundquist in game 7 vs Boston and there is a cup in Van and AV is the coach. Luo was a very good goalie, but Lundquist is playing great

    • islander

      Luo lost every game in Boston and the last game at home to boot. That is hardly good. that is what people call not getting the job done when it counts. and Luo is not good in Florida either. Not good on a mediocre team, not good enough on a above average team. We need to stop calling a club a spade. Luo needed to win at least one game in Boston, and failed. He needed the 7th game and failed. In fact, not to blame just Luo, the whole team didn’t show up for game 7. They played right into Bostons hands. nothing in life is more regrettable than knowing you were outsmarted by the other team and yourself. Boston is back to their old chokey ways. Too bad Vancouver handed them their fist cup in a light year, but that’s what Vancouver does. Not the first time, and won’t be the last if they keep deluding themselves. i think Vancouver people hates winners…I really do. Why else would they trade or get rid of so many winners that have passed by here?

      • islander

        I should have prefaced that by saying Luo was the best Goalie in Vancouver history. I was at the Van/Ana playoff game in which he stopped 72 shots, but in the 2nd OT lost his focus. He looked at the Ref to call offside and Scott Nieder put a wrister past him. That is his M.O…..

        He obviously lived up to his rep when he took a Cush gig in Fla. and didn’t care about winning at his age,

        Point is Lundquist has made AV a better coach than he was in Van…. Getting St Louis didn’t hurt either.

        • islander

          Kirk mclean made some great saves in his career…unfortunately he also let in a million stinkers too and at bad times.

          The fact that Luongo is the team’s best in over forty years does not impress me…it saddens me.

          Lundquist was always a top goalie, whether he made AV look good or not still does not detract from the fact that no one on the team showed up for game 7. We have to stop expecting timex to be rolex and we have to stop accepting that timex is rolex…

  • Mantastic

    Good for Weise, he clearly wasn’t used properly in Van. I always thought he was a hard working 4th liner that had potential (this is not in hindsight!).