Rangers Re-Sign Dale Weise

Forgot this little tid-bit in the earlier post. The Rangers announced they have resigned forward Dale Weise to a one-year deal.

Weise, 22, spent most of last season in the AHL with the Connecticut Whale where he scored 18 goals and 38 points in 47 games. He skated in 10 games for the Rangers in 2010-11, registering 19 penalty minutes including a fighting major in his NHL debut against the Philadelphia Flyers in December.

The Blueshirts originally drafted by the Rangers in the fourth-round in 2008.

Happy to see Weise get resigned, but not really sure where he fits into this team that is already stacked with third and fourth-line players. He has a chance to play on the fourth-line with Brandon Prust and Brian Boyle if Sean Avery can somehow stay in the top-nine, but that is pushing it.

I do like Weise’s toughness, though, which he showed when he dropped the gloves in his debut against the Flyers. With the untimely passing of Derek Boogaard, the Rangers could be looking for someone to throw-down against teams like Philadelphia and take some pressure on Prust, who has migrated away from his one-dimensional persona of only being a fighter.

I just fear Weise will be ushered back to the minors for yet another year, and just be a stop-gap once the injury bug starts to make its way through the Rangers dressing room.


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