The Chicago Blackhawks have expressed interest in re-signing free agent forward Dale Weise, reports The Athletic's Scott Powers. Weise's agent, Allain Roy, told Powers that "there is interest, but not sure what they will have cap-room wise."
Weise and fellow veteran forward Tomas Fleischmann were acquired from the Montreal Canadiens last season in exchange for Phillip Danault and a second-round pick. The high cost makes that deal look questionable in hindsight considering the relative impact of the two rentals before Chicago got eliminated in the first round, but apparently the team liked what it saw in Weise enough to want him back.
The difficult part will be fitting him into the salary cap given that the Hawks only have a few million dollars to work with. If the team signs defenseman Brian Campbell, which one report said was likely on Wednesday, then Weise would probably need to take a salary of around $1 million or less to potentially fit onto the books.
So one possibility here is that Weise is part of the Hawks' contingency plan if the Campbell pursuit fails. The Hawks will have competition for the 37-year-old's services, reportedly including Dallas, and there's a chance he won't want to take less to return to Chicago. If that happens once free agency opens on Friday, the Hawks will have to quickly figure out what to do with that cap space instead. A short deal to bring back Weise and help fill out forward depth would be a possibility then.
Last season, Weise recorded 14 goals and 13 assists over 71 games with Chicago and Montreal. He was pretty quiet during his time with the Hawks, however, failing to record a goal and dishing just one assist in 15 regular season games. He greatest moment with the team came in Game 6 of the series against St. Louis when he scored a crucial goal that helped force Game 7: