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Weiss Needs Wrist Surgery, Out Rest Of Season

Tuesday, 03.5.2013 / 12:44 PM ET / News
By Alain Poupart  - NHL.com Correspondent
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Weiss Needs Wrist Surgery, Out Rest Of Season
Panthers GM Dale Tallon gives an update on the Panthers injuries, young players stepping up and more.

General manager Dale Tallon announced Tuesday that Weiss will undergo wrist surgery sometime early next week and would be sidelined about three months.

Weiss, the Panthers' first-round draft pick in 2001 and a four-time 20-goal scorer, has endured a difficult season that involved a recent benching and the death of his grandmother. In 17 games, he had just one goal and four points, and sported a minus-13 rating.

"He couldn't perform up to his capabilities, in his opinion, and he wanted to get it fixed," Tallon said. "It was difficult for him and for all of us. Stephen cares and he feels badly about it, but he's got to do what's best for him, too. This is a big year for him as well."

Weiss, the longest-tenured member of the Panthers, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Tallon said he would deal with Weiss' contract situation down the line.

"We'll go into that later," Tallon said. "Let's get him healthy first."

Weiss joins a long list of Panthers regulars on the sidelines.

Goalie Jose Theodore (groin) and defenseman Mike Weaver (lower body) both will be out at least a month; defenseman Dmitry Kulikov will be out 3-4 weeks with an upper-body injury; and forward Scottie Upshall (lower body) and defenseman Ed Jovanovski (lower body) both will be out another seven to 10 days.

Right wing Kris Versteeg will miss his 11th consecutive game Tuesday night against the Winnipeg Jets because of an upper-body injury, but Tallon said he was hoping Versteeg could return Friday night when the same two teams meet again at the BB&T Center.

Tallon didn't provide details about whether Weiss aggravated an old injury or when he was injured.

Panthers forward Stephen Weiss will have season ending wrist surgery.

The wrist injury undoubtedly contributed to Weiss being credited with only 19 shots in 17 games.

"If he's not able to shoot on the power play, it renders him ineffective," Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said. "We saw a different player in the past and it obviously affected his game. It's a loss for us."

Weiss had missed four games early in the season with a lower-body injury.

He led the team in scoring three consecutive seasons before finishing second to Tomas Fleischmann in 2011-12 when the Panthers won the Southeast Division and Weiss reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in his career.

"It's difficult," defenseman Erik Gudbranson said. "He's really a center point of this team, so it's going to be tough not having him around as much. We wish him all the best with the surgery. Hope it goes well and hopefully he can get back in the lineup or healthy as soon as possible. We're just going to have to make do and find ways to replace him and play stronger as a team."

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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