Diaz Allstar "Young Gun" at 26

Posted By: Rick Moffat · 1/25/2012 11:53:00 AM

Rookie defenseman Raphael Diaz admits he's being teased that he's too old to take part in the Allstar Weekend Rookie Skills Show.   Truth is, the Swiss newcomer to the NHL turned 26 on January 9, but he makes no apologies for the honour.

Diaz admits he was surprised to get the call this morning, but there are only 2 others with more icetime than the Habs' defensemen among the Top 15 rookie scorers.

Diaz has proudly cancelled an r&r getaway to Mont Tremblant he was planning for the Allstar Break.

Coach Randy Cunneyworth admits Diaz has plenty more offensive upside to give his team, but the emphasis has been "defense first."   Cunneyworth praised Diaz for his work ethic on and off the ice, saying he's been diligently improving his strength as well.

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