GM Dale Tallon recently announced that Panther forward Stephen Weiss will undergo wrist surgery and will be out for the remainder of the season. This is just another blow for the Panthers who have been ravaged this season by injuries. Weiss was having a tough season with only one goal, three assists and a minus 13 on the season. It is unclear when Weiss sustained the injury but it could explain his poor play this year if the injury had been bothering Weiss all season.
In addition to losing Weiss for the season, the Panthers also lose any possible returns they could have gotten by trading Weiss this season. Weiss becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season and with the Panthers not looking like a playoff team, it was getting more and more likely that Weiss would be traded. Even with his poor play this season, a healthy Weiss would have garnered a decent return on the trade market. Now Weiss may walk as a free agent in the offseason and the Panthers could get nothing in return.
The injury means that Weiss, the longest tenured Panther, could have played his last game in a Panther uniform. Weiss was the 4th overall pick in the 2001 Entry Draft. He has played in 11 seasons with the Panthers and leads the franchise in all time games played assists. Weiss is a four time 20 goal scorer and an all time fan favorite. If his Panther career is indeed over, it will be sad to see him leave on such a down note.
It looks like Jon Rheault will be skating with the Panthers tonight against the Jets, according to this tweet by the Florida Panthers:
— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) March 5, 2013