The Montreal Canadiens have acquired defenseman Mike Weaver from the Florida Panthers in exchange for a fifth round draft pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
With the Canadiens shipping off Rafael Diaz to Vancouver earlier in February, Weaver comes as a low risk defenseman capable of logging valuable minutes if called upon. The 35 yea old defenseman isn’t known for putting the puck in the net, having recorded only six assists in 55 games games this year, but he is strong in the puck moving department and doesn’t make a whole lot of mistakes in his own zone.
For Canadiens fans, Weaver is likely the next Paul Mara, capable of being a reliable depth defenseman that comes at the low price of just $2.2M. The pending UFA could be signed to a future contract if he impresses enough, and with Andrei Markov, Francis Bouillon and Douglas Murray all having expiring contracts at the end of the season, Weaver may just be able to stick around for a few longer. Regardless, the price to get him was low.
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