Daily Pucking Grind. TGIF Roast. February 18th.

Today’s music choice is by Detroit’s own EminemNot Afraid. Please note, it’s not G rated!

Yesterday was an off day game wise for the Florida Panthers, but there was a lot of buzz regarding Stephen Weiss as we approach the trade deadline.  Will he be here, will he be traded and all that.  I’m not going to use this as my soap box for him right now.  You all know my feelings about him as a player.  Nothing personal against Stephen, but he is just not the type of player that I like.  Never have and never will.  I do think that it’s unfortunate that so much pressure has been put on his shoulders though, as he has been placed in a spot (number one center) that is really not his game.

Weiss is in the 4th year of a six year deal given to him by Uncle Jack that also has a no trade clause attached to it.  Therefore Weiss’s comments yesterday were all about him wanting to stay and that he wants to be part of the solution.  Head Coach Pete DeBoer indicated that he wants Weiss here, and likes what he brings to the team.  DeBoer also says that the change of scenery thing doesn’t fit this scenario and it hasn’t necessarily worked for other players. Sounds like DeBoer thinks the best decision is to leave him here.  And that’s good for?

Weiss or the Panthers?

Links after the jump.

Here’s your Friday links.  Pregame coming later.  Panthers and the Detroit Dead Wings tonight. Opps.  My Chicago side coming out.

With more on Stephen Weiss , and an excellent job of doing it George RichardsOn Frozen Pond. Weiss will stay as ling as they want him to.

Harvey Fialkov also has his take in the Weiss rumors.

Gary Bettman says he’s not going to feud with Mario.  TSN.ca

Chris Ralph from The Hockey Writers gets things started for the Heritage Classic coverage.

Speaking of the Heritage Classic, Oil On Whyte has something to say about it too.

Coach Q was hospitalized for some gastrointestinal problems.  He’ll be released soon.  Globe and Mail.

Puck Daddy’s Three Stars for Thursday night.

TSN Scoreboard for Thursday.

Justin Bourne talks about the pain of dealing for draft picks.

Joe Yerdon at Pro Hockey Talk has some interesting trade rumor items.

Monica McAlister from The Hockey Writers does the NHL from A to Z.

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