When the Chicago Blackhawks made moves at the trade deadline last season, one of the bigger disappointments was the acquisition of Dale Weise, and on Thursday he had some strong words for his time in the Windy City.
In an interview with Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Weise called his time in Chicago a “disaster” and said that the team didn’t give him enough ice time to thrive.
“I had 14 goals by mid-February,” he told Carchidi. “Going to Chicago was a disaster because I played like five minutes a night. It’s pretty tough to do anything when you play so little. It was a new experience for me.”
In 15 regular season games with the Blackhawks, Weise had just one assist and averaged 9:57 of ice time per night. He bounced all over the Hawks’ lineup but played mostly bottom-six minutes, registering 19 hits in those games.
During the offseason, Weise signed a four-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers, and he thinks that he can have a career season after heading to the Eastern Conference.
“I think for sure I can score more than 14,” he said. “I think I’m going to get a chance to play with some really good players here and play some minutes.”