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Raphael Diaz | Defenseman

Team: New York Rangers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 1/9/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 197
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Raphael Diaz played well in his Ranger debut Saturday against the Devils.
He paired with Kevin Klein in place of the injured John Moore, and held his own in the 16:20 of ice time he received. Most importantly, Diaz did get 4:06 of ice time on the Ranger power play. See how he does Sunday night against Toronto. If he has some success with the man advantage he may worth rostering if Moore's concussion keeps him out of action for a prolonged stretch. Mar 23 - 11:18 AM
Source: NY Post

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Raphael Diaz will play in his first game with the Rangers on Saturday night.

He'll occupy the left side, which isn't his regular position, with Kevin Klein against New Jersey. Diaz is also expected to see power-play time in the contest. He has 13 points in 52 games with Montreal and Vancouver this season.
Mar 22 - 5:22 PM

Raphael Diaz is projected to be a healthy scratch on Friday.

Diaz was acquired from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a fifth round pick on Wednesday. He will probably make his Rangers debut on Sunday instead.
Mar 7 - 10:20 AM

Raphael Diaz has been dealt to the New York Rangers for a fifth-round draft pick.

He had one goal and one assist in six games with the Vancouver Canucks after he was acquired from the Montreal Canadiens. Diaz has picked up 13 points in 52 contests with Vancouver and Montreal this season.
Mar 5 - 3:07 PM

Raphael Diaz scored his first goal of the season in his first game for the Canucks during a 4-1 loss to Boston Tuesday night.

The struggling defenseman was dealt from Montreal on Monday after struggling to find his game early on this season. Safe to say, he made a pretty good first impression in an otherwise dull effort by his new team.
Feb 4 - 10:06 PM

The Vancouver Canucks have acquired Raphael Diaz from Montreal in exchange for Dale Weise.

In 46 games with Montreal this year, Diaz has posted 11 assists and a minus-4 rating. The Canucks have several holes to fill on their back end because of injuries, so Diaz should be able to step into the lineup immediately. If he gets power-play time in Vancouver then he could be a player worth watching on the waiver wire.
Feb 3 - 12:49 PM

Raphael Diaz will be a healthy scratch on Wednesday.

Diaz missed Saturday's contest due to the flu, but he's feeling better. He has no goals and 11 assists in 46 games in 2013-14.
Jan 22 - 1:45 PM

Raphael Diaz is over his bout with the flu.

He is ready to return after missing Montreal's loss to Toronto on Saturday. Diaz has no goals and 11 assists in 46 games this season.
Jan 21 - 9:02 AM

Raphael Diaz is questionable for Saturday night's contest against Toronto.

He is battling the flu and missed Friday's practice. The Habs have recalled defenseman Nathan Beaulieu from Hamilton of the AHL who will play Saturday night against the Leafs. It may be for Diaz if he is still not able to play.
Jan 18 - 10:05 AM

Raphael Diaz will be a healthy scratch for a second straight game Monday night.

On the bright side, he was named to Team Switzerland for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. "I'm really happy," Diaz said. "This is the tournament of all tournaments."
Jan 6 - 2:34 PM

Raphael Diaz will be a healthy scratch for the first time this season on Saturday night.

Alexei Emelin will return from the press box in his place. Diaz has 11 assists in 42 games this season.
Jan 4 - 1:55 PM

Raphael Diaz is one of just eight Montreal players to have appeared in all 38 of their games this season.

Diaz wasn't drafted and had to excel in the Swiss league before Montreal finally took a shot at him in his late 20s. He'll turn 28 on Jan. 9 and he's only appeared in 120 NHL contests, but the late bloomer has firmly established himself as a regular. He has 10 points in 2013-14, which might not sound that impressive, but he's done that without getting much power-play ice time. He's nearly even with teammate Andrei Markov when it comes to even strength points, but Markov's work with the man advantage has resulted in him doubling Diaz's point total. Keep that in mind if Markov or PK Subban end up missing time due to an injury.
Wed, Dec 25, 2013 03:37:00 PM

Raphael Diaz chipped in two assists in the Habs’ 2-1 win over Dallas on Tuesday night.

Diaz snapped a five game pointless streak but still has six points through 13 games this season. The Swiss defenseman needs to elevate his game in order to become a dependable fantasy option, however showed last year that he can be a worthy option with 14 points in 23 games.
Tue, Oct 29, 2013 10:05:00 PM

Raphael Diaz had two assists in Montreal's 4-1 win on Saturday.

Diaz now has three points in five games this season. His power-play ice time is limited in Montreal, but he still might breach the 30-point mark if he manages to stay healthy.
Sun, Oct 13, 2013 09:57:00 AM

Although much of the attention in Montreal is focussed on P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov when examining the Habs' blueline, don't forget about Raphael Diaz.

He has offensive skills (14 points in 23 games last season) and will play with talented players on the team's second power-play unit. Diaz will also likely start the season paired with Markov at even strength. If you are looking for a rearguard in the late rounds, you could do worse than Diaz.
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 10:48:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Derek Stepan
2Brad Richards
3Derick Brassard
4Dominic Moore
5Brian Boyle
LW1Chris Kreider
2Carl Hagelin
3Benoit Pouliot
4Daniel Carcillo
5J.T. Miller
RW1Rick Nash
2Martin St. Louis
3Mats Zuccarello
4Derek Dorsett
5Jesper Fast
D1Ryan McDonagh
2Daniel Girardi
3Marc Staal
4Anton Stralman
5Kevin Klein
6Raphael Diaz
7John Moore
8Justin Falk
G1Henrik Lundqvist
2Cameron Talbot