Canucks waive Oreskovich, pick up Dale Weise from Rangers: Fan reaction

In a move that came as somewhat of a surprise, the Vancouver Canucks placed Viktor Oreskovich on waivers October 4 and picked up Dale Weise(notes) off waivers from the New York Rangers. Oreskovich looked to be the man for the fourth line right wing coming out of preseason, but that's not going to happen.

Weise comes over from the New York Rangers, where he played 10 games without a goal last year. His American Hockey League record is better, where he had 18 goals, 38 points, and 73 penalty minutes in 47 games played in a split season.

Weise played for the Rangers' AHL affiliate, the Connecticut Whale since being drafted by the Rangers. He was picked 111th overall in the 2008 draft, and played junior for the Swift Current Broncos from 2005-2008. He is a native of Winnipeg, and is happy about being picked up by a Canadian NHL team.

"I really wasn't expecting to be claimed, but when the coach came in and told me it was Vancouver, I was ecstatic," Weise said in an interview with The Province. "Vancouver was a Cup finalist and it's playing for a Canadian team. I feel I can play any role, but if they want a fourth line guy who finishes checks, sticks up for his teammates, and scrap when necessary that's no problem. I'm more than willing to be an energy guy if that's what they need."

Apparently the Canucks have been interested in Weise for some time, and even tried to get him last year. That brings confidence, knowing it was something they have really looked into instead of a last-minute response to a need.

I don't know too much about Weise and have never seen him play, so I will be anxious to see how he does out on the ice when he gets some playing time. I must say, I like his attitude already. As for Oreskovich, I have a better opinion of him than many fans, and feel he had the potential to grow beyond his performance from last season.

Hopefully, Weise will rise to the chance and help fans feel comfortable with the decision instead of second guessing it. The Canucks open the regular season against the Pittsburgh Penguins October 6.

Jeff Musall has been a fan of the Vancouver Canucks since he became a hockey fan. He follows the Canucks from his home near Portland, Oregon.

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Updated Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011