Weal agreed to terms on a two-year, $2.8 million contract with Montreal on Friday.
Weal logged 14 games with the Habs after being acquired from Philadelphia via trade. In those outings, the center tallied four goals, six helpers and 30 shots, which was enough to earn himself a new deal from the club. The 26-year-old figures to slot into a bottom-six role, but he should challenge for the 20-point mark next season.
Weal scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Jets.
Weal only has 19 points this season, but six of them (two goals, four assists) have come in his last six games. He's heating up just when the Habs need it most. Weal's fantasy value has never been higher, but it might not be enough.
Weal scored a goal and recorded an assist in Thursday's 4-0 win over New York.
It's just his second multi-point game this season, with Weal's only other two-point outing taking place all the way back on Oct. 16. The fourth-line plugger is not a reliable fantasy option and should be ignored in all formats.
Weal had two shots and won seven of 14 faceoffs in a season-high 19:04 in Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Blackhawks, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Weal, a fourth-line center, was the beneficiary of extra playing time as coach Claude Julien sent a message to rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi, who played a season-low 7:56 in the loss. "He played a lot because he takes faceoffs on the right side and he's good at taking those draws. When [Kotkaniemi's] ice time got diminished, I put him at center with those two other forwards." Weal's ice time was more than every forward except Max Domi, and he played 3:48 on the power play. The 26-year-old forward appears to be in the coach's good graces, averaging 16:38 of ice time, including 3:32 on the power play, over the last four games.
Weal recorded an assist, a plus-1 rating, a shot on goal and a hit over 15:19 of ice time in Tuesday's 3-1 win versus the Red Wings.
While he works as a bottom-six forward with his new club, it hasn't stopped Weal from notching two points in his first four games. He has taken his place among the power-play units since joining the Habs, seeing 2:08 of power-play time Tuesday, which could make him a sneaky option for DFS and some season-long leagues moving forward.
Weal found twine, had four shots and won six of nine faceoffs in a 3-1 win over the Kings on Tuesday.
The second-period goal stood as the game-winner when all was said and done. Weal had been a healthy scratch for the Canadiens' first four games since they acquired him at the trading deadline, but coach Claude Julien opted to give rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi the night off, so Weal made his Montreal debut. The goal and his work at the dot may encourage Julien to insert the center into the lineup more often. In 48 games this season, Weal has 12 points, split between the Flyers, Coyotes and Canadiens.
The Coyotes traded Weal to the Canadiens in exchange for Michael Chaput on Monday, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
This is a one-for-one swap between two centers. Weal is moving onto his third NHL club since the Kings selected him in the third round (70th overall) of the 2010 draft. He'll provide power-play utility for a Habs club that ranks 30th in the league in that key special teams spot this season.
Weal is expected to center a line with Clayton Keller and Christian Fischer during Saturday's game versus the Oilers, Dave Vest of the Coyotes' official site reports.
This will be Weal's debut with the Coyotes, and they're going to see how he works with the top six right away. Weal rarely played in this role with the Flyers, who traded him to the desert Friday, averaging just 13:57 of ice time and posting nine points in 28 games.
Weal is on his way to Edmonton and is expected to debut Saturday against the Oilers, Dave Vest of the Coyotes' official site reports.
Weal was traded from the Flyers to the Coyotes on Friday, giving the shorthanded Coyotes some extra depth up front for the weekend games in Canada. The team hasn't put out a projected lineup, but Weal seems a likely candidate to work on the fourth line.
The Flyers dealt Weal to the Coyotes on Friday for a sixth-round pick and blueliner Jacob Graves.
With the Coyotes desperate for assistance up front following Brad Richardson's (upper body) placement on injured reserve, the Coyotes decided to look elsewhere for reinforcements rather than pulling from the minor-league ranks. Weal should join the Coyotes for the weekend series in Canada, though he's not guaranteed to draw in.
Weal was a healthy scratch in the 2-1 victory over the Stars on Thursday.
The 26-year-old played a lot at the beginning of this month and the end of December, but Weal hasn't dressed in the last two games. That's probably because he posted just two assists and a minus-5 rating in the previous seven games. He has three goals, nine points and a minus-5 rating in 28 games this season. Weal also has only eight blocks and eight hits, as he really hasn't consistently contributed to any fantasy category this season.
Weal has one assist in two games since returning to the lineup Dec. 29.
The 26-year-old was a healthy scratch throughout much of December, but he did post an assist in his return. Still, there's no guarantee he stays in the lineup. Weal has three goals and eight points in 24 games, but he's most useful to owners in the faceoff circle. He has won 59.6 percent of his draws this season. Still, Weal is useless if he doesn't receive regular playing time.
Weal was a healthy scratch again Friday night against the Oilers.
Weal has only played one game in December, and he posted a minus-2 rating with no other statistics in that contest Dec. 8 against the Sabres. This season, Weal has three goals and seven points in 21 contests. With a 59.6 faceoff percentage and 16 PIM, he's a solid contributor in those categories, but he can be left on the waiver wire as long as he remains in the press box.
Weal didn't play on Saturday against the Penguins. He sat in the press box as a healthy scratch.
He was playing a bit better late in November, but penalties have been a major issue, and in his last game against the Senators, Weal took yet another minor penalty in the offensive zone. He has 16 PIM in 20 games. Although that helps owners, he isn't going to stay in the lineup with that many trips to the box. Weal also has three goals and seven points this season.
Weal picked up an assist, two PIM and two shots in a 5-2 defeat to the Sabres on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old isn't much of a fantasy asset, so that's about the most he is ever going to fill the stat sheet in one night. The assist was his first point in seven games. Weal has two goals and six points with 14 PIM and 18 shots in 17 games this season. Only owners in very deep leagues have to keep him on the radar.
Weal has two points and seven shots in the last four games since sitting as a healthy scratch Oct. 27.
The 26-year-old had a rough start to the season, but one game in the press box seems to have helped. In his first game back, he recorded three shots and then posted two points in the next two games. Now, the key is sustaining this success. Weal didn't do that Monday night, as he went without a point or shot and posted a minus-1 rating versus the Coyotes. Weal has two goals and five points in 11 games this season.
Weal was a healthy scratch against the Islanders on Saturday. In his last four games, he has one point, four shots on goal and 10 PIM.
Minus some performances where he's chipped in PIM for fantasy owners, the 26-year-old has really only had one good game. On Oct. 16, he posted a goal and two points, but in his other six games, he has just one assist and six shots on goal.
Weal has posted a goal, an assist, a plus-1 rating and two PIM in four games this season.
The 26-year-old has stepped in to replace the injured James van Riemsdyk, who is out for 5-6 weeks because of a lower-body injury. That injury will likely give Weal a spot in the lineup until early December, but he will have to establish himself as a consistent producer in order to stay in the lineup longer.
Weal will play on the third line Tuesday night , reports Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer.
He is replacing James van Riemsdyk, who will miss 5-6 weeks because of a lower-body injury. Weal didn't play in the first two games, but with van Riemsdyk sidelined, the 26-year-old will receive the opportunity to play regularly on the third line. In 69 games, Weal scored eight goals and 21 points with a minus-10 rating last season.
Weal posted eight goals, 13 assists and a minus-10 rating in 69 games during the 2017-18 campaign.
For a third-line player who logged 12:57 of average ice time, Weal's production wasn't awful. However, the 26-year-old scored eight goals in 2016-17 while playing just 23 games, so Philly likely expected more development, which may be why he was benched for five of six playoff games. Weal's lackluster stat line isn't backed up by hits (17) or blocked shots (25) either, so he'll want to boost his play next year since his contract expires in July of 2019.
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