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4 Raphael Diaz D
Height/Weight: 5-11/197 | Birthdate: 1/9/1986 | Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland | Team: New York Rangers | College: None | NHL Experience: 2 | Salary: $1,200,000 | Owned/Started%: 11/5 | Average Draft Position: 219.77
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3/29/2014

Raphael Diaz, D, NYR

Raphael Diaz

Rangers' Diaz Lights The Lamp Friday

News: Raphael Diaz scored just his second goal of the season during the Rangers 4-3 loss to the Flames on Friday.
Analysis: The seemingly well-traveled defenseman is on his third team of the season and after four games and a load of healthy scratches, he registered his first point for his new team. With minimal scoring, a low hit total and even lower penalty minutes, he's never been one to consider for fantasy purposes. With the season winding down, there's no reason to think otherwise.

3/6/2014

Raphael Diaz, D, NYR

Raphael Diaz

Canucks Deal Diaz To Rangers After Buzzer

News: Raphael Diaz was traded to the Rangers on Tuesday for a 2015 fifth-round draft pick, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports.
Analysis: With the Canucks seemingly in sell mode following the injury to Daniel Sedin, Raphael Diaz will find a new destination for the second time before the deadline. The 28-year-old has 13 points in 52 games with the Habs and Canucks this season and could see time on the Rangers' second or third defensive pairing.

2/5/2014

Raphael Diaz, D, NYR

Raphael Diaz

Diaz Scores In Vancouver Debut

News: In his first game action wearing a Canucks sweater, Raphael Diaz fired four shots on goal and found twine with one of them in Tuesday's loss to Boston.
Analysis: Unfortunately, Raphael Diaz accounted for all the Vancouver offense in this one, scoring his first goal in nearly a year -- the last one had come Feb. 19, 2013. That's a 53-game streak without a goal. He surely looked energized in this one, though, as the four shots matched his career high.

2/4/2014

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Raphael Diaz

Diaz To Join Canucks In Boston

News: Raphael Diaz, who was acquired from Montreal on Monday, will join the Canucks for Tuesday's game in Boston, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: Raphael Diaz should find time immediately due a few injuries along Vancouver's blue line. He's not a physical defender, but Diaz makes the smart pass and clears the zone well.

2/3/2014

Raphael Diaz, D, NYR

Raphael Diaz

Habs Deal Diaz To Canucks

News: Raphael Diaz was traded to the Canucks on Monday in exchange for forward Dale Weise.
Analysis: Vancouver was already in the market for a defenseman after Kevin Bieksa and Chris Tanev were both sidelined with long-term ailment, and the injury to Yannick Weber in Friday's game may have prompted the team to act even quicker in acquiring Raphael Diaz. The blueliner had been gathering dust as a healthy scratch for the Canadiens the last handful of games, but he should be able to carve out a role for the depth-starved Canucks.

1/22/2014

Raphael Diaz, D, NYR

Raphael Diaz

Habs' Diaz Will Be Scratched Wednesday

News: Raphael Diaz will be a healthy scratch Wednesday against the Penguins, Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: Raphael Diaz's defensive partner Alexei Emelin will also be a scratch, so it appears that Douglas Murray and Francis Bouillon will both dress to replace them. Diaz has 11 assists through 46 games this season, and isn't expected to be a regular healthy scratch.

1/20/2014

Raphael Diaz, D, NYR

Raphael Diaz

Habs' Diaz Returns To Practice

News: Raphael Diaz (illness) returned to practice Monday, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: Raphael Diaz missed Saturday's game with the illness, but he should be ready to go Wednesday against the Penguins if coach Michel Therrien chooses to use him in the lineup. The defenseman has no goals and 11 assists in 46 games this season.

1/18/2014

Raphael Diaz, D, NYR

Raphael Diaz

Habs' Diaz Likely Out Saturday

News: Raphael Diaz (illness) appears unlikely to play Saturday vs. the Maple Leafs, TSN.ca reports.
Analysis: Raphael Diaz was not on the ice for Saturday's morning skate and looks like he'll be forced out of action for the night. Nathan Beaulieu was recalled from AHL Hamilton on Friday and will fill Diaz's spot in the lineup.

1/18/2014

Raphael Diaz, D, NYR

Raphael Diaz

Canadiens' Diaz Dealing With Illness

News: Raphael Diaz sat out Thursday's practice due to flu-like symptoms.
Analysis: It's not clear how hard the illness has hit Raphael Diaz, but it does put his status for Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs in question. Expect the Canadiens to provide an update on Diaz's health prior to Saturday's matchup with Toronto.

1/9/2014

Raphael Diaz, D, NYR

Raphael Diaz

Canadiens' Diaz Returns To Active Duty

News: Raphael Diaz returned to the active lineup Wednesday night after being a healthy scratch for two games. He skated 24 shifts for 18:44 of ice time.
Analysis: The Canadiens suited up seven defenseman, but Raphael Diaz was part of the top two pairings and received ample time on ice, including 4:26 on the power play.

1/7/2014

Raphael Diaz, D, NYR

Raphael Diaz

Habs' Diaz Heading To Sochi

News: Raphael Diaz has been named to Switzerland's hockey team for the Sochi Olympics, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: Ironically, Raphael Diaz was then told he'll be a healthy scratch for a second consecutive game Monday night against the Panthers.

12/28/2013

Raphael Diaz, D, NYR

Raphael Diaz

Habs' Diaz To Sit Saturday?

News: Raphael Diaz appears to be the Habs' healthy scratch Saturday, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: With 10 points in 38 games this season, Raphael Diaz has been a regular for the Habs to this point despite accruing a minus-4 rating. It remains to be seen if he'll miss more than one game as a result of this lineup change.

10/29/2013

Raphael Diaz, D, NYR

Raphael Diaz

Two Assists For Habs' Diaz

News: Raphael Diaz picked up a pair of assists and went plus-2 in Tuesday's win over Montreal.
Analysis: He'd gone five games without a point, but now has a respectable six points in 13 games on the year, making him a reasonable play among defensemen in fantasy.

10/13/2013

Raphael Diaz, D, NYR

Raphael Diaz

Habs' Diaz Assists Twice

News: Raphael Diaz had two assists Saturday night in Montreal's 4-1 win over Vancouver. One of those helpers came on the power play.
Analysis: Raphael Diaz is known more for his passing ability than he his for physical defensive play. As such, he's been a staple of Montreal's man-advantage units and has three assists in five games. He had 13 assists in 23 games last season. He could be a sneaky defensive scorer for fantasy teams.

10/2/2013

Raphael Diaz, D, NYR

Raphael Diaz

Canadiens' Diaz Assists

News: Raphael Diaz had an assist, three shots on goal, two blocked shots and one hit Tuesday night in Montreal's loss to Toronto.
Analysis: The Swiss defenseman is a slick passer and that skill showed itself on the Habs' first goal, but Raphael Diaz's turnover early in the third period led to a 2-on-1 situation that resulted in giving the Leafs a two-goal lead.

4/21/2013

Raphael Diaz, D, NYR

Raphael Diaz

Canadiens' Diaz (Concussion) Returns

News: Raphael Diaz (concussion) returned to the Montreal lineup Saturday night. He skated 19:29 and had a shot on goal, a hit and a blocked shot in the Canadiens' loss to the Capitals.
Analysis: Raphael Diaz's return after nearly two months became an anticipated event as the Montreal defense began springing leaks two weeks ago, but it wasn't enough Saturday. He was a big part of the team's early success and a fixture on the power play. He played a little more than three minutes on the man-advantage Saturday.

4/20/2013

Raphael Diaz, D, NYR

Raphael Diaz

Habs' Diaz Expected to Return Saturday

News: Raphael Diaz (concussion) is expected to play Saturday, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: Raphael Diaz has been out nearly two months dealing with concussion issues. He last played Feb. 25.

4/17/2013

Raphael Diaz, D, NYR

Raphael Diaz

Habs' Diaz Could Play Soon

News: Raphael Diaz (concussion) could return to action as soon as Saturday, Marc Antoine Godin of La Presse reports.
Analysis: That's not a lock, but it's an indication that we'll see Raphael Diaz -- who last played on February 25 -- suit up for the Habs before the close of the regular season.

4/16/2013

Raphael Diaz, D, NYR

Raphael Diaz

Habs' Diaz Skates With Team

News: Raphael Diaz (concussion) skated with the team Monday.
Analysis: The defenseman hasn't played since suffering a concussion on February 25 against the Senators. In the 19 games he played before getting hurt, Raphael Diaz recorded one goal and 12 assists, as well as a plus-5 rating.

4/4/2013

Raphael Diaz, D, NYR

Raphael Diaz

Canadiens' Diaz (Concussion) Cleared

News: Raphael Diaz (concussion) has been cleared to begin skating, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: Raphael Diaz joined fellow teammate Rene Bourque, also dealing with a concussion, on the ice Wednesday. There's no timetable for either players' return.

3/12/2013

Raphael Diaz, D, NYR

Raphael Diaz

Canadiens' Diaz Not Close

News: Raphael Diaz, who suffered a concussion Feb. 25, has been working out in the gym, but has still not been cleared to resume skating, according to TSN.ca.
Analysis: Given the sensitive nature of concussions, Raphael Diaz, who has 13 points in 19 games this season, doesn't appear close to a return to action at this stage.

3/7/2013

Raphael Diaz, D, NYR

Raphael Diaz

Habs Place Diaz On IR

News: Raphael Diaz (concussion) has been placed on IR, Marc Antoine Godin of La Presse reports.
Analysis: Raphael Diaz last suited up on February 25, with no timetable in place at the moment for a possible return to action having been outlined by the Habs.

3/1/2013

Raphael Diaz, D, NYR

Raphael Diaz

Canadiens' Diaz Not Practicing

News: Raphael Diaz remains sidelined due to his concussion symptoms.
Analysis: Raphael Diaz missed Wednesday's game due to the injury, and with him unable to practice, it seems unlikely he will play in either of the Canadiens' games this weekend.

2/27/2013

Raphael Diaz, D, NYR

Raphael Diaz

Habs' Diaz Out For Wednesday

News: Raphael Diaz (concussion) will sit out Wednesday's game against the Maple Leafs, TSN reports
Analysis: Raphael Diaz suffered the concussion during the Habs' shootout loss to the Senators on Monday, and will be replaced by Tomas Kaberle in the lineup Wednesday.

2/17/2013

Raphael Diaz, D, NYR

Raphael Diaz

Montreal's Diaz Assists Saturday

News: Raphael Diaz had an assist Saturday night in Montreal's 4-1 win over Philadelphia. It was just his second point in the past eight games.
Analysis: Raphael Diaz had started the season with eight assists through the first six games, most of which came on the power play. However, Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien replaced Diaz on the top power-play unit when P.K. Subban ended his holdout. Diaz did get some time on the top unit Saturday, and he continues to make smart plays with the puck in all situations.