The annual Every Goal series will run Monday to Thursday through July and August, remembering every goal scored by the Canucks, player by player. Today, we look at Dale “The Gweisy Weisel” Weise.
I’m willing to wager that, if you close your eyes and try to picture Dale Weise scoring a goal, the only thing that comes to mind is the one he potted versus Ottawa. Admittedly, that power move was a thing of beauty (however aided and abetted by Chris Neil, who was supposed to be attempting to stop him), but it was actually one of four times Weise lit the lamp in a Canucks uniform.
It’s hard to picture the others, but that shouldn’t be too surprising — it’s hard to picture much of anything else that Weise did in his first full year. However, as forgettable as his rookie campaign was, I don’t think people quite realize how impressive that makes it. After years of fourth liners that were noticeable for all the wrong reasons, Weise’s steady, unspectacular presence was a tiny revelation.
Granted, an argument like the one above won’t make much of an impact during arbitration, for which Weise filed last week, and frankly, a little more edge to his game wouldn’t hurt. (Imagine if, for instance, he were as abrasive on the ice as he is on Twitter. He’d be beloved in this city.) But still, the early-season waiver claim was notably not terrible this year when that’s what we’ve come to expect from players in his position. In fact, at times, he showed some decent hands. Let these four goals remind you of that.
Weise’s first (of his career, as well as the season) is the product of some excellent teamwork. Dan Hamhuis dumps the puck into the Predators’ zone, where Pekka Rinne cuts it off and rings it around the boards. Maxim Lapierre ties up his man along the side wall, allowing the puck to squirt to Alex Edler. Edler plays skee-ball with it, putting it towards Weise, who deflects it up and over Rinne’s shoulders for the goal. But the best part of this play is the photo of Weise watching it on the Jumbotron afterwards.
Here’s the one we all remember, as Weise takes a puck from his own zone all the way to the Senators’ end and ices a 4-1 win over the Senators. Here’s something to consider: on a night where he allowed the colour man to describe a Dale Weise scoring play as “a goal scorer’s goal”, Chris Neil was named the game’s second star.
Dale Weise scores the goal here, but if you ask me, he’s the least interesting of the four guys that star in this clip. First, there’s Stephen Weiss (#9), who hangs Erik Gudbranson (#44) out to dry with a brutal pass to the point. Then there’s Manny Malhotra, who pokes the puck past Gudbranson to start the odd-man rush the other way and sets up Weise for the goal. Finally, there’s Gudbranson, who mistakes the offensive zone for a slip n’ slide and the goal for the inevitable, rough, rocky patch of lawn just beyond it.
If Weise should find himself a free agent in the near future, he should sign in Nashville, because they clearly bring out the best in him. Weise’s fourth goal of the season comes when Manny Malhotra knocks a puck off David Legwand’s stick and it squirts right to him in front. He makes a pretty backhand to beat Rinne.Tags: dale weise, every goal 2011-12