Rumors – Feb 3, 11

Is Weiss on the trading block?

Robyn Regehr deals with the trade rumours

Is Weiss on the trading block?

Panthers coach Pete DeBoer told that the approaching trade deadline should motivate the players to show GM Dale Tallon that he should keep them together and not the other way around.

“We’re in playoff mode right now,” DeBoer told “We have to start winning two out of every three games to get in.”
It’s not a distraction, it’s a motivator. We all know that at the trade deadline, it’s going to go one of two ways. It’s our job as coaches and players to make it a difficult decision for Dale. So it’s a motivator, because these are desperate times for the Florida Panthers.

Apparently, there have been offers for Panthers center Stephen Weiss, a Panther for the past nine years, or his whole career. Weiss leads the team with points and has repeatedly expressed a desire to remain a Panther so he’s around for the turnaround. But missing the playoffs his entire career, may be getting to Weiss.

“There are points where it really wears on you,” Weiss told “But at the back of my mind, I just want to try to play hard and when it does finally work here, it’ll feel that much better because you stuck it out. That’s not to say there haven’t been tough times, but this is where I got drafted and this is where I want to be.
“When the calls stop coming in and nobody wants you, that’s when you’re in trouble,” he said. “If you’re playing the way you should be, the interest will be there.”

Robyn Regehr deals with the trade rumours

On a personal note, Robyn Regehr considers this southern road swing for the Calgary Flames a slight reprieve from the constant swirl of speculation in hockey-mad Canada.

He’s on the trade market. He isn’t on the trade market. One day, he’s going to Washington. The next it’s Montreal. Or Philadelphia. Or Dallas.

“Down in Nashville and Atlanta, it’s great, because you don’t see any of it,” a relaxed and smiling Regehr said Wednesday after practice in suburban Duluth, Georgia.

With the Feb. 28 trade deadline fast approaching, Regehr can expect to hear and read even more speculation in the coming weeks during the countdown to what is shaping up like an unofficial national holiday north of the border.

“It’s part of what goes on with pro sports,” Regehr said. “I’ve been here for a long time now. Every so often things like that heat up.

“There’s really nothing I can do about it until I get approached by Jay (Feaster) or someone else who wants to talk about that.”

Internet rumours run rampant that Regehr has agreed in the past to waive his no-movement clause, but the rugged defenceman said he hasn’t been approached on the subject.

“So far that hasn’t happened,” he said. “I just have to go out there and play. There’s certain (media) guys who have had me traded since the fall.”

The Calgary Flames, believe it or not, are the hottest team in the National Hockey League over the last 10 games. Sitting two points out of a playoff spot, acting general manager Jay Feaster has pledged to stay true to the original goal of qualifying for the post-season.

As long as that’s the case, it’s hard to fathom Feaster parting ways with his top shut-down defenceman.

Regardless, Regehr has control of his own destiny thanks to that no-movement clause.

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