The 27-year-old Weise signed a four-year contract worth $9.4 million.
“Dale Weise gives us size, gives us some speed, he gives us some tenacious play, he plays with an edge,” Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said. “He’s got some pretty good hands. He can add to our depth scoring, our top-nine scoring. One of the areas we identified that we wanted to add some depth to [was] our top three lines and we feel we did that with Dale.”
Weise played some of his best hockey with the Montreal Canadiens, scoring 29 points in the 2014-2015 NHL season and managing 26 points in 56 games last season. He scored a career-high 14 goals.
Weise is hoping to stop the roller-coaster ride, as he’s played for three teams over the last three seasons. The term with the Flyers was critical to making the decision, as he might finally be able to plant his feet somewhere.
“A four-year term for me was big,” Weise said. “I was pretty excited when we closed the deal on it…Ron Hextall called me right away and I really liked what he had to say. I know a couple guys on the team. I like where they’re going. They’ve got some good, young defencemen and some good forwards. I just really thought it would be a good fit for me.”
The 32-year-old Gordon is a solid role player. The Flyers will look to him to slip into Ryan White’s spot on the fourth line, where he’ll kill penalties and block shots. Philadelphia was unable to sign White to a deal, despite Hextall tabling an offer on Friday morning.
Part of the plan for Gordon is to help take some of the pressure off of Claude Giroux in terms of defensive zone faceoffs, which should shift some of the balance of their best players to offensive situations.