Weiss Facing Uncertain Future in Florida?

The NHL Lockout could have an effect upon pending UFAs like Stephen Weiss of the Florida Panthers.


Weiss among number of notable NHLers eligible for UFA status next summer.

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.



  1. Man there are some good names for next years UFA’s. I hope the Leafs can convince some of these proven #1 Centers to come play with us. Won’t it be nice get Ryan Getzlaf and he tells Corey Perry to come play with him in TO. Then we get Stephen Weiss to sign to play the 2nd line center and Jerome Iginla says hey there is a winning team so I will go play for them and play 2nd line winger. LOL. If one could only wish. But really a big upgrade to get Getzlaf at center or Weiss at center if we can not land Getzlaf.Go Leafs Go.

    • LMAO Maybe that could happen, if we go back to a 6 team league, even then it’s still a maybe!
      I’m a Leaf fan myself, and I can only hope for maybe 1 of those names to be persuaded to come here.
      BTW I’d prefer Grabovski over Weiss as the 2nd line centre

  2. LOL ur comment above is laughable. Leafs are destined to be bottom feeders. Im not one to talk since the flames are not much better, but its so funny how leaf fans always believe every big UFA player is coming to sign with them. It never happens!