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Dale Weise facing work visa issues before joining Blackhawks

The newly acquired forward's arrival is being delayed.

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Dale Weise's arrival to Chicago is being delayed due to visa issues, reports Chris Hine of the Chicago Tribune.

Weise, 27, was acquired with Tomas Fleischmann from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Phillip Danault and a 2018 second-round pick Friday. Blackhawks general manager said Fleischmann and Christian Ehrhoff, who the Hawks acquired via trade with the Los Angeles Kings for Rob Scuderi, have green cards.

Weise has a career-high 14 goals and 26 points in 56 games with Montreal this season. The 6-foot-2, 206-pound winger has 37 goals and 85 points in 314 games during six NHL seasons with the New York Rangers (2010-11), Vancouver Canucks (2011-14) and Montreal (2014-16). He has tallied five goals and 10 points in 34 playoff contests.

Richard Panik, who the Hawks acquired in January from the Maple Leafs, also experienced work visa issues. His arrival was delayed a week or so, and same could be expected for Weise, according to Brian Hedger of

He is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer along with Fleischmann. He has a $717,500 salary cap hit thanks to Montreal retaining salary.