26-Year-Old Defenseman – Free Agent
Yannick Weber Contract Information:
Became an unrestricted free agent in July 2015.
Weber wasn't extended a qualifying offer by the Canucks on Monday and will become an unrestricted free agent, Irfaan Gaffar of Sportsnet reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
After spending the previous five years with the Canadiens, Weber signed a one-year deal with the Canucks this offseason. He flashed some offensive tools with the Habs in past seasons, but Weber was buried on the depth chart most nights last year, as he managed to appear in just six games. He’ll be in the running for a spot on the Canucks’ third defensive pairing, but Weber is also just as likely to slide in to the seventh or eighth spot in the defensive unit. And that would mean plenty more healthy scratches in his near future.
Weber returns to Montreal for another season. His biggest asset is the booming shot from the point, which has landed him some power play minutes (four goals on the man advantage in 2011-12), but, he can be a liability on defense. He's in a similar situation as fellow Habs' defender Tomas Kaberle -- some offensive gifts but prone to misplays in the back end. With a lacklustre offense, the Canadiens can not afford to give full time minutes to guys like Weber, who will battle for one of the final three defenseman spots with Kaberle, Francis Bouillon and Raphael Diaz. His experience playing wing will be an asset when head coach Michel Therrien makes out the roster that breaks camp.
Weber was called up in December and stuck on the Canadiens roster for the rest of the season, playing in 41 games. He’s like a Swiss army knife for Montreal coach Jacques Martin, slotting in at defense or forward while capable of playing on the power play. It looks like his path to regular playing time will come as a defenseman and he’ll compete with newcomers Raphael Diaz and Alexi Yemelin for a spot in the final defensive pairing.
Like Mathieu Carle, this young D-man projects as a top-4 defender and like Carle, he's at least one year away from making an impact. The Swiss citizen tore up the Ontario Hockey League in his two seasons there, racking up 96 points and 121 PIMs in just 110 games. Habs' fans have to love his combination of grit and skill. Think Mark Streit with a mean streak.