By Carter Brooks
Photo courtesy of the Laval Rocket
On Saturday morning, Manitobans Dale Weise and Byron Froese were involved in a trade between the Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers.
The four-player trade saw Weise and Christian Folin dealt to Montreal in exchange for Froese and David Schlemko. There were no draft picks involved in the trade, and no salary retention.
Weise, a 30-year-old product of Winnipeg, is currently in his 10th NHL season, and has put up five goals and 11 points in 42 games with the Flyers this season. From 2013-16 Weise had three of the most productive seasons of his career, while playing with the Canadiens, and will hope to pick back up where he left off. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound forward will begin his second stint in Quebec with the Habs' farm team in Laval.
Heading the other direction is Byron Froese, a 27-year-old Winkler native. After being drafted by Chicago in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound forward made his NHL debut with Toronto in 2015-16, and skated in 56 games for the Leafs that season. He then bounced around to Tampa Bay and Montreal, where he has been serving as captain of the Canadiens' farm team, Laval Rocket.
Both Weise and Froese will report to the AHL, but unfortunately the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Laval Rocket will not see each other again this season. The Flyers and Habs do battle twice more this season, pending the potential call-ups of either Manitoba product.