Weal cleared waivers Monday, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Weal is expected to be take one of the spots on Montreal's taxi squad. He has 218 games of NHL experience.
The Canadiens placed Weal on waivers Sunday, Matt Cudzinowski of the Canadiens' official site reports.
Weal now becomes a candidate for Montreal's taxi squad if he goes unclaimed. The 28-year-old forward spent all of last season with Montreal and had eight goals and seven assists over 49 games. If he goes unclaimed, Weal is expected to be a member of the taxi squad.
Weal scored a goal on two shots in Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Islanders.
Montreal's third line has been its most productive over the last two weeks, and that trend continued Tuesday. Both Weal, who scored his career-high-tying eighth goal, and Paul Byron hit the back of net. Weal has six points (three goals, three assists) in the last seven games.
Weal scored a goal on three shots in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Canucks. He added one hit and finished plus-2 over 16:49 of ice time.
Weal logged his seventh goal of the season, giving him four points in the last four games. After Montreal's flurry of activity at the trade deadline, Weal landed on Montreal's suddenly hot third line, taking the place of the departed Ilya Kovalchuk. He's shown a penchant for offense of late and now joins Max Domi (six points in five games) and Paul Byron (four points in four games).
Weal tallied two assists, both with the man advantage, in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Red Wings.
In two games back since sitting for seven, Weal has a goal and two assists, pushing his season point total to 12 across 41 appearances. He did not attempt a shot on goal in the loss, but Weal played 16:29 against Detroit, more than three minutes above his season average. For the time being, the journeyman forward is playing big minutes for the Canadiens, but don't expect Weal to sustain his present rate of production.
Weal scored a goal on three shots, adding two hits and a blocked shot over 15:32 of ice time in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to Dallas.
Weal was a late addition to the lineup when the Canadiens announced Jonathan Drouin was unavailable due to an ankle injury. Weal, who had been a healthy scratch the previous seven games and 11 of the previous 12, slotted in on the second line and received more TOI than his season average. Drouin will have 48 hours to get over the ankle injury before the Habs begin a three-game road trip in Detroit on Tuesday.
Weal (illness) is on the ice for Saturday's morning skate, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Weal missed Thursday's game against Anaheim due to an illness, but his presence at morning skate all but confirms he'll be available for Saturday's matchup with Toronto if needed. However, there's no guarantee that he'll be in the lineup against the Maple Leafs, as the 27-year-old forward has sat as a healthy scratch more often than not recently.
Weal is under the weather and will not be available against the Ducks on Thursday, John Lu of TSN.ca reports.
Weal was back at practice Wednesday after missing Tuesday's matchup with New Jersey due to illness but will need some more time to get back up to 100 percent. Even when healthy, the natural center is far from a lock for the lineup, considering he has played in just one of the Habs' last seven contests.
Weal (illness) is on the ice for Wednesday's practice, John Lu of TSN.ca reports.
Weal missed Tuesday's win over the Devils due to an illness, but his presence at Wednesday's practice suggests he should be an option for Thursday's game against Anaheim. Either way, he's only picked up nine points in 39 games this campaign, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to track his status.
Weal (illness) won't be an option for Tuesday's game against the Devils, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.
Weal was probably going to be a healthy scratch against New Jersey anyway, so this news shouldn't affect any fantasy lineups. Another update on the 27-year-old forward's status should surface once he's given a clean bill of health.
Weal was a healthy scratch for Sunday's game against Columbus.
Weal had an assist in Saturday's win over the Panthers but found himself in the press box a day later as Ryan Poehling returned to the lineup. Weal is on the roster fringes right now, and his spot, along with those of Poehling and Dale Weise, will be in jeopardy when the Canadiens get Jonathan Drouin (wrist) and Paul Byron (knee) back.
Weal skated on the third line and had an assist in Saturday's 4-0 win over Florida.
Weal returned to the lineup after a four-game stretch as a healthy scratch. Montreal made moves recently that appear to benefit Weal's chances of staying in the NHL. The Canadiens sent the 19-year-old Jesperi Kotkaniemi to AHL Laval and made 20-year-old Ryan Poehling a healthy scratch Saturday. It looks like head coach Claude Julien will lean on veterans while Montreal still has playoff hopes. That means guys like Weal and Dale Weise will be playing. Once Jonathan Drouin (wrist) is ready to return, either Weal or Weise is expected to lose out.
Weal was a healthy scratch for Thursday's game against Philadelphia.
Weal was the roster casualty for the return of Joel Armia, who played for the first time in 12 games after dealing with a hand injury.
Weal notched a goal on five shots in Monday's 2-0 win over the Flames.
Weal snapped a five-game point drought with his first-period tally. The 27-year-old spent two of the last three contests as a healthy scratch, so this was a big goal for him to start regaining coach Claude Julien's trust. Weal has eight points, 59 shots and a minus-8 rating through 37 games this season.
Weal did not dress for Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Red Wings.
Weal had been a lineup regular, including time on the power play, since mid-November, but it appears the acquisition of Ilya Kovalchuk may put a dent in Weal's ice time. His presence on Montreal's power play, his one redeeming fantasy feature, may be going away.
Weal had a power-play assist, one hit and one blocked shot in Sunday's 6-5 loss to Florida.
Weal had been quiet for more than a month, but the forward has power-play points in each of the last two games. He scored on the man advantage Saturday before his role in Jesperi Kotkaniemi's goal Sunday. Weal won an offensive zone faceoff and eventually produced the shot that was deflected onto Kotkaniemi's stick. Weal's been an inconsistent scorer, but head coach Claude Julien is sticking with him on one of the Habs' power-play units.
Weal scored a power-play goal on four shots and two blocks in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Lightning.
Weal got a lucky bounce off the leg of Tampa Bay defenseman Erik Cernak to snap an 18-game goalless streak. It was Weal's fourth goal and second on the power play. Despite the lack of production, Weal continues to get ice time when the Canadiens have the man advantage; he's averaging a career-high 2:04 of PP TOI/G.
Weal had five hits and one blocked shot in Tuesday's 4-1 win over Pittsburgh.
The Canadiens clamped down early and often, delivering 67 hits and suffocating the Penguins' offense. Everyone got involved, including Weal, who had just 10 hits over the first 22 games played. He's currently on a 12-game pointless run, but Weal should have a role as Montreal copes with injuries. Matthew Peca (lower body) was added to the list Tuesday, joining Jonathan Drouin (wrist) and Paul Byron (knee).
Weal will see increased playing time as the result of injuries to Jonathan Drouin (wrist) and Paul Byron (knee), Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Both Drouin and Byron require surgeries to repair the injuries, creating an opportunity for Weal on Montreal's third line. He's appeared in 12 of the first 20 games, including healthy scratches in seven of nine contests before the injury bug hit, but Weal receives power-play minutes whenever he's in the active lineup,
Weal scored a goal on three shots in Friday's 5-2 win over the Capitals.
Weal had been a healthy scratch for the last four games, but he made an impact in his return to the lineup. His third goal of the season was the Canadiens' third goal of the game, which ultimately stood as the game-winner. Weal now has four points and 23 shots through 11 outings, but his spot in the lineup for any given contest is not guaranteed.
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