Florida Panthers must decide how much of a push to make

Stephen Weiss isn’t the type to bang his fist on the table and demand action.

The longest-serving – suffering? – Panther is way too polite for that.Especially when it comes to offering unsolicited advice to his bosses.

However, the Panthers’ top-line center and alternate captain doesn’t shy away when talk turns to the Feb. 27 NHL trade deadline.

What would Weiss say if Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon asked him whether this injury-wracked, first-place team could use some reinforcements for the final playoff push?

“If he asked me?” Weiss said Monday at the team’s charity golf outing. “I think every team would say, ‘Yeah, sure.’ We’d love to add anyone at any position that could help us out, for sure. We’re in position this year where we’re not selling, and it would be nice to get some guys to help out.”

Too many times over the past decade, this time of year for Weiss has meant watching the Panthers’ roster get auctioned off for parts.

He’s only 28, but the fourth overall pick in the 2001 draft has been through enough rebuilding projects to feel like Bob Vila on ice skates.


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