The Trade Deadline is February 28th at 3PM EST. What we’re doing everyday until then is do an honest roster break down of the current roster for the month of February. Today, we look at Stephen Weiss
Ironic that we look at Weiss today in midst of so much controversy surrounding trade rumors.
Weiss played his junior career with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League and recorded statistics that impressed scouts and made him one of the highest draft picks for the Florida Panthers Hockey Club drafted 4th overall by the in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft
Weiss has appeared in over 500 games as a Panther. He has a unique quality of being a dependable two-way center while contributing offensively. He has from time to time not played up to his potential and at other times has had to carry the offensive load for the Panthers. Leading the Panthers with 33 points in 48 games entering the All-Star break, Weiss has lead the Panthers in scoring the last two seasons . Not overly physical, Weiss relies on his quick acceleration and hockey smarts. Weiss is four years into a six-year, $18.6M contract he signed in 2008. He also has a no movement clause, basically being able to accept or veto any move presented to him.
Recently he told the Miami Herald that he wants to remain a Panther saying “I’ll finish my career with the Panthers if they’ll let me.”
Pete DeBoer told the Herald… “He’s been a leader here since Day One. He hasn’t looked for a way out of town, hasn’t complained about personnel or linemates, what we’re spending or not spending. He comes to work and does his job. That’s leadership and you have to admire that.”
I see Weiss staying as a Panther here in Sunrise and I doubt he will be going anywhere soon…however if the right deal was offered to bring back good draft picks or prospects Tallon will listen…just like he is listening to any offers…
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