The Philadelphia Flyers had clearly given up on Dale Weise, after two-and-a-half seasons where they paid him a salary that exceeded his value as a depth forward who hasn't exactly lived up to expectations.
At first glance the trade the Canadiens swung on Saturday morning isn't a major one. The 30-year-old had 59 points in 152 contests with Montreal from 2013-2016. In 42 games for Philadelphia this season, Weise had five goals and six assists.
Weise's best season to date was 2014-2015 when he posted career highs in 29 points (10 goals, 19 assists) and plus-minus (plus-21) in 79 games for the Canadiens. The Winnipeg native has also played for New York (Rangers), Vancouver and Chicago. The defenceman is averaging 15:33 of ice time per game.
Folin has 38 points (seven goals, 31 assists) and 96 penalty minutes in 209 career National Hockey League regular-season games with Minnesota, Los Angeles and Philadelphia since his debut in 2013-14.
Schlemko, 31, who came to Montreal in an offseason trade from Vegas in 2017, had two assists in 18 games this season.
Froese signed with the Canadiens as a free agent on July 1, 2017, and played 48 games for Montreal last season, finishing with 11 points (three goals, eight assists). He was leading the AHL's Rocket with 14 goals.