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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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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page:

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