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If there was an award for best trade of the year, Marc Bergevin would be nominated three times. The trades for Mike Weaver, Dale Weise and Thomas Vanek have all turned out to be complete wins for the Canadiens.
The final voting would be a close battle between the acquisitions of Weaver and Weise, but the Weaver trade would end up being the winner.
Back on March 4, the Florida Panthers were kind enough to send Weaver to the Canadiens for a fifth-round pick. A fifth-round pick! Most players chosen that late in the draft will never play a game in the NHL.
Weaver, on the other hand, has been an absolute gem for the Canadiens.
His plus-seven rating in the playoffs not only leads the team, but has him tied for the playoff lead as well. He's also third on the team in blocked shots.
He has played solid defensive hockey in the postseason, giving 15 quality minutes night in and night out. He has been a rock on the penalty kill and has even managed to chip in offensively with a goal and three assists.
Weaver has given stability to the third pairing, something that Montreal did not have for most of the season. He's also been adaptable, as he has been able to play alongside three different partners over the 11 playoff games.
The playoffs brings out unsung heroes each and every year, and Weaver has been one of them so far in 2014.
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