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Season over: Weiss to have wrist surgery

Mar 5, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT

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Panthers center Stephen Weiss will have season-ending wrist surgery, Florida general manager Dale Tallon announced today.

Weiss, 29, was having a tough season, with just one goal and three assists in 17 games. But at the very least, the pending unrestricted free agent offered a potential trade chip for Tallon to play by the April 3 deadline.

Instead, it’s possible the Panthers could lose Weiss — their second-leading scoring in franchise history (394 points), behind Olli Jokinen (419) — to free agency for nothing.

And for playoff teams looking for help down the middle, Weiss is one fewer target.

  1. mclovinhockey - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Wow, that’s a huge blow that could actually end up costing them more than just the season, he is the face of their franchise and losing him for nothing could hurt the already unstable fan base which may make them hit bankruptcy in the future /:

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      I’d say Huberdeau has taken over as the face of the franchise anyway. Weiss wasn’t doing anything productive for them this season.

      • valoisvipers - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:00 PM

        You are right about Huberdeau being the face of the franchise, the kid appears to be the real bad his golf game will only get better until the owners start making some smarter signings…Cough…Kovalev..Cough

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Guess they should’ve traded him earlier, even with his value at an all-time. Looks like he’s probably played his last game as a Panther.

  3. z561 - Mar 5, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Based on his level of play this year, I won’t even notice he’s gone…

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