The Philadelphia Flyers decided to join the flurry of Day 1 free agency moves, adding Dale Weise to the fold for the 2016-2017 season.
The former Canadian/Blackhawk had 27 points over 71 games last season. This included a career high in goal scoring numbers hitting 14, all with the Canadians. He was also winning draws at a 50% clip with the club. Playing with Chicago as a spare part yielded little results for Weise.
The 6’2 206 pound forward had been a 4th liner for most of his career, but thanks to his offensive increases last season he saw increased ice time as well as power play time with Montreal, and he recorded a career high in shots as well with 136.
At 27 years old, Weise is still in the window of his prime and has set career highs in goals his last 2 seasons. He has veteran experience, as well as size. According to Elliotte Friedman, Weise’s contract is for Four years at $2.3million per season.
Weise is four years, $9.4M with Flyers
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 1, 2016
While Weise is a solid addition to the Flyers fourth line, it could mean the end for Ryan White’s tenure as a Flyer. White was a staple on a fourth line that found a lot of favor with Dave Hakstol. Adding a physical element to the bottom line, White served an obvious purpose, but also put up better scoring numbers than he’s seen while with the Canadiens. This move might mean that White was asking for a bigger contract than Weise got. If that’s the case, Weise is definitely a better option for the same amount of money.
2011 Hobey Baker winner Joins on 1-year deal.
Later it was also announced that the Flyers signed Andy Miele, likely an addition to the Phantoms lineup.
#Flyers finishing paperwork on a one-year, one-way contract for 2011 Hobey Baker winner Andy Miele.
— Dave Isaac (@davegisaac) July 1, 2016
Over the past two seasons, Miele has been an effective scorer with the Grand Rapids Griffins. Last season he had 18 goals and 44 assists for 62 points. He’s expected to join the Phantoms top line and could be the first forwards called up if the Flyers need him.