Canucks' Weise knows what to expect from new coach
Canucks forward Dale Weise celebrates scoring what would be the only goal of the game against the Predators during third period NHL action in Nashville on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (Harrison McClary/Reuters)
Whatever advantage Dale Weise can get, he'll take.
And the Vancouver Canucks forward is definitely hoping for one when he heads into training camp with the rest of the team next week.
Minus last year's shortened pre-season, Weise has only been through training camps led by John Tortorella, who was then with the New York Rangers. So this time around, he believes he has a good grasp on what to expect with the new Canucks head coach.
"His is a little more about conditioning, not so much worried about doing drills," Weise said. "He's more concerned on getting guys in top shape and then we can work from there.
"I've been trying to update guys as much as I can on what it's like. As for me individually, I'm excited. He's a good coach for my style and he's really going to bring the best out of me."
The Winnipeg native is coming off a campaign in which he had three goals and three assists in 40 games. After signing a one-year, $750,000 extension in June, thus avoiding salary arbitration, Weise is expected to provide size and toughness on the team's fourth line again this season.
In addition to giving his fellow Canucks some advice, the 25-year-old may be looked up to by some of his potential new linemates, which in all likelihood will be a rookie competing for a fourth-line centre job. He's ready to embrace that leadership role if need be.
"A couple of earlier training camps when I was a younger guy coming in, I had a couple guys barking at me and I don't think that's the best way to go about things," he said. "But it's a different mentality on our team. We have a lot of good veterans and guys are very welcoming. That will be key."
That veteran presence could come in handy as well on a personal level for Weise. His fiancee is expecting the couple's first child — a boy — in about three weeks, which means he may need to consult many of the fathers already on the squad.
"There's tons of dads so it won't be from a lack of experience," Weise said with a laugh. "We've got a lot of kids on our team so it's a good team to have a kid on. They're very helpful."