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Fond Farewells

Monday, 12.16.2013 / 2:40 PM
By Randy Moller - FloridaPanthers.com / From The Booth
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Fond Farewells
Center Stephen Weiss returned to South Florida for the first time on Dec. 10th. Weiss spent 11 seasons in a Panthers uniform to become the all-time franchise leader in games played and assists (Getty Images)

Through the first 30-plus games of this NHL season, we have witnessed not one, not two, but three emotional returns of “Franchise” players to their original, or long tenured team, but wearing a different jersey.

Long time Senator’s captain Daniel Alfredsson returned to Canada’s Capital on December 1st as his Detroit Red Wings squared off against “Alfy’s” former teammates, the Ottawa Senators. The script read like a Hollywood sad blockbuster… 17yrs, 1,178 games, 1,108 points, including 100 career playoff points in a Senator jersey, longest tenured captain in the NHL during that time, decorated charity and humanitarian leader, etc, etc. The video tribute, the extended ovation brought back countless memories for all who witnessed north and south of the boarder. And the Great Swede didn’t disappoint, collecting a goal and an assist in the Red Wings win after a self described nervous and unsteady start.  

Then last week (Dec. 10), the Calgary Flames mirrored the same accolades to their long time leader, Jarome Iginla. It was strange witnessing “Iggy” tearing up and down right wing on Wednesday night, not wearing the flaming “C” but the Gold and Black Bruin.

The Panthers turned the page on another note in their history after Stephen Weiss, Florida’s all-time leader in games (654) and assists (249) and second with 394 points twirled around the Lexus Rink at the BB&T Center this past Tuesday as a member of the Detroit Red Wings.

I remember Weiss’s Draft Day here in the once called National Car Rental Center, June 23rd, 2001. A scrawny 18-year old Ontario native scampered up on the stage after being selected 4th overall, after Atlanta selected Ilya Kovalchuk, Ottawa grabbed Jason Spezza, and the Lightning mysteriously fell in love with Alexander Svitov.

South Florida fans embraced Weiss, along with Jay Bowmeester, and the agnatic Nate “The Great” Horton as the young guns developed before our adoring eyes. Weiss hustled and humbly led a Cats squad through 10 years, and a mirage of coaches, GM’s and teammates, and made lasting friendships with them all. No. 9 finally tasted playoff action two years ago, as Fox Sports zeroed in on the gapped tooth Weiss  smile at the clinching conclusion of game No. 82. Always one to donate his time for charity causes, and promoting the Panther “brand”, Weiss accepted the warm welcome from the Panther faithful this past Tuesday, as “new” young gunners Nick Bjugstad, Sasha Barkov, and Erik Gudbranson led the charge in Florida’s stunning comeback win in the shootout.

Being a sports fan is all about being in the “moment”. We all live in a microwave world, where we want it hot, and we want it now! But these past month’s tributes made us pause, reflect, appreciate, yet ultimately move on. I’m sure all three players will keep a little spot in their hearts from their humbling NHL starts.

I know we do…

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 71 13 32 7 45
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 73 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 69 13 25 -4 38
B. Boyes 72 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 73 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 64 18 13 -4 31
A. Barkov 63 12 17 -2 29
B. Campbell 74 3 21 1 24
B. Pirri 41 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 11 .922 2.32
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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