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New York Islanders Should Sign UFA Dale Weise

Apr 9, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Jared Boll (40) is checked into the Chicago Blackhawks bench by right wing Dale Weise (25) in the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Jared Boll (40) is checked into the Chicago Blackhawks bench by right wing Dale Weise (25) in the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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The New York Islanders will likely have an opening on the wing once the free agency window opens. To fill that void the Islanders should turn to Chicago Blackhawks forward Dale Weise.

Looking at the New York Islanders class of pending UFA paints a glaring picture. They are likely to have a few holes up front. The Isles have five pending UFAs at the forward position. Four are on the wing and one is down the middle.

The Islanders might sign one of these UFA, but they definitely won’t sign them all. Who do they get to fill in for the departed? Who knows what GM Garth Snow and his team actually have planned, but we want to make a case for Dale Weise.

The forward was traded from the Montréal Canadiens just before the trade deadline to the maybe, maybe not dynastic Chicago Blackhawks along with teammate Tomas Fleischmann for prospect Phillip Danault and a second-round pick in 2018.

In his almost three years in Montréal, Weise contributed 56 points in 152 games played. He played on the Canadiens top-line, on the third-line, on the penalty-kill. He played whatever he was needed to play.

Weise isn’t the type of player to make the highlights every night or to top any sort of fantasy draft pool. Weise is a depth forward, and a good one. Which is exactly what the Islanders need, depth attacking talent.

Weise fits in perfectly on a functional third line. The likes of Alan Quine, Eric Boulton, Steve Bernier, and even Matt Martin might not return to the Islanders next season. Leaving a gap in that third and fourth line wing where Weise operates so effectively.

Coming off a two-year $1.025 million deal means that Weise could be had for relatively cheap. Weise showed he can score in Montréal but didn’t have an impact on the score sheet in Chicago. Which may do nothing more than bring his price down in the free-agent market.

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Contributing on the scoresheet isn’t the be-all-end-all in hockey of course, but its relevance to future contracts is intrinsic.

The Islanders won’t have to break the bank to secure his services and would be wise to extend an offer to Weise as soon as the window opens for negotiations in 15 days.

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