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Weaver Finally Returns

Monday, 04.15.2013 / 2:45 PM ET
By Glenn Odebralski - / Panthers Insider
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Defenseman Mike Weaver has been a model of consistency over the last several years in playing almost every game on the schedule, so when he went down with a lower body injury in Buffalo on Super Bowl Sunday, he didn't think it would take that long to get back. Instead he was sidelined for a month and a half, missing 20 games over that span.

"It was really tough. I don't miss a lot of games," said Weaver after returning to play against Pittsburgh on April 13.

"I remember in Los Angeles I think I was out with a hip flexor for a week or week and a half at most, before that it was back in college days. It was tough."

Returning after such a long time off, Weaver said that the hardest part was getting back into the game mentally.

"Obviously once you get back in shape and everything like that, it's more of a mental game," said Weaver. "You believing that everything is fine. Not letting your mind get in the way of doubting yourself. Sometimes you might get on the ice, go into a battle."

For not playing since Feb. 28, Weaver thought it was a decent first game back.

"Obviously you can't really prepare for in-game battles. I thought I did a lot of work with conditioning and being in the best-case scenario to get back into things," said Weaver who finished with 26 shifts and 22:23 of ice time. "The first couple of shifts I was just kind of getting my legs going. After the first period it usually you just start relaxing, kind of getting into the rhythm of the game. Overall I thought I had a half decent game." is the official Web site of the Florida Panthers. Florida Panthers and are trademarks of the Florida Panthers Hockey Club, Ltd. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks and NHL Draft name and logo are trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2016 Florida Panthers Hockey Club, Ltd and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.