With NHL lockout finally solved, Dale Weise says goodbye to Dutch paradise

The Tilburg Trappers must think Dale Weise is some kind of angel.

On Friday, January 5th, Weise picked up his final two points in the Netherlands, both of them assists, helping the Trappers to a 7-0 win over the Amsterdam G’s (although they didn’t really need the help, since the G’s have only 1 win in 21 games). With the victory, the Trappers found themselves only a win away from clinching a playoff spot with 13 Eredivisie games still remaining. Thanks in no small part to Dale Weise, a top-four finish was a foregone conclusion.

And then Weise went home. He may or may not have ridden a bicycle over the moon.

The 7-0 win turned out to be Weise’s final game for the Trappers, as the NHL lockout ended late Saturday night. Weise’s contract was terminated immediately so that he could fly home and join the rest of his Canuck teammates at training camp, which is rumoured to begin Wednesday.

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Watch what will probably be Mason Raymond’s only ever Swedish-league goal

On Boxing Day, it was announced that Mason Raymond would be heading overseas in the new year to join Örebro of Sweden’s second-tier league, HockeyAllsvenskan. The timing was a little strange, what with the NHL and NHLPA only having a few more weeks before they’d either have to announce a deal or announce the year was lost, but Raymond’s timing has been a little off ever since he returned from his back injury. So we won’t hold that against him.

The Canucks winger made his Swedish-league debut on January 3rd, 2012, in a 4-3 loss to Mora. He had no points and, worse, he had no shots. His home debut, however, went a little better. Örebro eked out a 3-2 shootout win, led by a strong performance from Raymond, who found his legs to score his first goal. But, as it turns out, it wasn’t just a first home game and his first goal — it was his only home game and his only goal. The very next day, the lockout ended.

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