NHL Quick Shifts is a daily series where we gather up links to other interesting stories from the FanSided NHL blogosphere, as well as other NHL / hockey blogs. So with that, here is today’s edition of Quick Shifts!
- Dale Weise Contract A Win For Canadiens – Dale Weise proved to be a valuable depth player down the stretch for the Montreal Canadiens, totaling four points during the regular season (17 games) and seven points in the playoffs. Weise also scored the overtime game winning goal in Game 1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The price to acquire Weise from the Canucks in February was Raphael Diaz, who was later traded to the Rangers by Vancouver. Diaz was a healthy scratch throughout the Rangers run to the Stanley Cup Final. Montreal came to terms with Weise for a 2 Year contract that will pay out $1 Million each season, an extreme bargain for a depth player. Weise was injured early in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but proved early on what he can contribute. [ A Winning Habit ]
- All 10 of Ville Leino‘s Goals As A Sabre: The Score has compiled a great post featuring all 10 of Ville Leino’s goals as a Buffalo Sabre. Leino was placed on waivers yesterday with the intention of being bought out by Buffalo. [ The Score ]
- Alex Urbom Leaves NHL for KHL – New Jersey Devils defenseman, Alex Urbom has decided to leave the NHL and has signed a contract with Severstal Cherepovets of the KHL. Urbom started the 2013-14 season with the Devils, but was waived and claimed by the Washington Capitals shortly after the pre-season. Urbom played 20 games with the Capitals, scoring one goal and one assist, before being waived and claimed by the New Jersey Devils. [ Pucks And Pitchforks ]
- Only Two Outdoor Games For The NHL – After a season chock full of outdoor games, it appears the NHL is going to scale things back a bit in the 2014-15 season. According to John Shannon, Washington DC will host the Winter Classic and San Francisco will get a Stadium Series game at AT&T Park or Levi’s Stadium. Last year’s six outdoor games appear to have been a quick cash grab to regain lost revenue from the lockout (or to stock up for the next one), as well as to keep the NHL relevant during the lead up to the Olympics. [ Puck Daddy ]