Report: Dale Weise Inks Four Year Deal with Flyers
If the Flyers' first signing is any indication, they won't be big spenders in the free-agent market. At least relatively speaking.
Dale Weise, a 27-year-old bottom-six forward, has reportedly signed a four-year, $9.4 million contract to be in Philadelphia according to TSN's Bob McKenzie. As a whole, NHL teams spent more than $200 million in the first half hour of what is often called "silly season."
Entering free agency, which general manager Ron Hextall recently said, "is a funny day," the Flyers had roughly $12 million in salary cap space without having signed restricted free agent forward Brayden Schenn.
"With the cap flat, there might be some guys out there that are good buys, but that’s not going to happen July 1," Hextall explained last week at the draft in Buffalo. "That’s usually the 5th or 10th or 15th of July where guys realize there’s not much out there."
Which makes his signing somewhat questionable. Weise at a $2.35 million cap hit (he had a $1.025 million cap hit for the last two years) is a little high for a likely fourth-line forward. He had 14 goals and 13 assists last year, all of that production, except one assist, coming with the Montreal Canadiens in 56 games. The deal likely pushes Ryan White out of the Flyers' picture.