The NHL Lockout could have an effect upon pending UFAs like Stephen Weiss of the Florida Panthers.
MIAMI HERALD: George Richards recently reported Florida Panthers center Stephen Weiss may have played his final game with the Panthers if this NHL season is lost to lockout. Weiss is currently in the final season of his contract, and is eligible for UFA status on July 1. He said he had brief conversations with Panthers management regarding his future prior to the lockout. Weiss expressed his wish to remain with the Panthers, while GM Dale Tallon said this summer the club wasn’t all that concerned Weiss might leave.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Weiss isn’t the only player eligible for UFA status next summer who may have played his final game with his current club if this lockout kills the 2012-13 season. Among the notables: Jarome Iginla, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Niklas Backstrom, Joffrey Lupul and Mark Streit. Most could re-sign with their current teams, and I don’t doubt Weiss and the Panthers will reach an agreement, but there could be some of those notable UFAs who could move on if this season is lost to lockout.