The Montreal Canadians have been quite busy in the days leading up to the draft. The organisation has successfully re-signed fourth liner Dale Wiese to a two year contract extension.

The 25 year old centermen was acquired by the Canadians from Vancouver in exchange for defencemen Raphael Diaz in February.

Wiese proved to be an excellent pickup for Canadians, scoring 3 goals and tallying 4 assists in the team’s playoff run. He tallied 16 points on the year and took over for George Parros as the Canadians new enforcer.

He accumulated 59 penalty minutes and dished out an impressive total of 103 hits throughout the regular season.

I’m still baffled as to why the Vancouver Canucks let this guy go. Thankfully, the Montreal Canadians aren’t making the same mistake. This is a fantastic move by Canadians GM Marc Bergevin. Wiese provides that spark that any team’s fourth line would benefit from. He’s got size and speed and certainly isn’t afraid to defend his teammates when required.

If he can build off the success he had this past season, I’m sure he’ll get promoted to the third line at some point next season.

This signing comes right in the midst of Andrea Markov possibly re-signing with the team as well. The veteran defencemen expressed his desire to stay with the club and is reportedly working out another three year deal.The proposed deal would cost the Canadians approximately 18M.

I believe the organisation need to give very careful consideration to this offer. It would make sense to shop him around a little bit to see what kind of interest may come from other potential buyers. Markov made several costly mistakes in the playoffs and his numbers are starting to decline in my opinion.

Plus six million per year is quite a price tag, especially when considering what the team may have to pay to keep defencemen PK Subban. However, the 36 year old veteran did tally seven goals and 36 assists for the Canadians last season. And perhaps the cap hit won’t be as severe with the probable exit of Douglas Murray and Thomas Vanek.

Still, if GM Marc Bergevin can’t lower the price considerably, I would say it’s time for Andrea Markov and the Canadians to part ways. Regardless, I believe the Montreal Canadians will be one of the teams making moves at the draft in Philadelphia in July.

I can’t wait to see how it all plays out on draft day. I believe the Canadians would benefit from finding another third line centermen. Besides that,  this team has a fairly solid group of players for next season. It will be interesting to see what plan Bergevin has to fill Vanek’s spot in the roster, assuming they don’t re-sign him.

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