On Hockey Night In Canada last weekend, you heard Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon toss cold water on rumors that he was willing to trade unrestricted free agent-to-be Stephen Weiss, who has a no-move clause.
“Ridiculous,” Tallon said. “I’m not trading him, I’m going to try to sign him.”
OK, when has an NHL GM never lied to the media before?
Even though Dale Tallom is denying it, Jimmy Murphy is hearing more and more that Stephen Weiss is available.
AGAIN, when has an NHL GM never lied to the media before?
Put yourself in Tallon’s shoes for just a minute, and think about this. Your team is plagued with injuries and it’s a short season. You need to make a move and make it back into the playoffs to keep the fan base alive, especially after making it last season by the skin of your teeth.
Here is one of your top centers, about to be free agent this offseason, you need to know what you could get in return for him IF you have any doubt that he will resign in Florida. A Florida team that’s not doing so hot and barely scoring goals, why would Weiss stay there and NOT test free agency?
You have to make players available on the trade market, as bait, to see what other GM’s throw at you. And sometimes it has to be one of your better players, especially since he will be a free agent this summer, unrestricted.
Not saying Weiss will be traded, but there’s nothing wrong with taking phone calls and seeing what comes in. In my opinion, the Panthers need to resign this guy, and do it before it’s too late
The Panthers are loaded with prospects and re-signing Weiss allows the organization to 1) hold on to those players and 2) prevent head coach Kevin Dineen from tossing them into situations they may not be ready for.
It’s really hard to find good centers. Clubs get them and try their hardest to keep them. In the last four seasons, Florida’s finished 17th, 28th, 27th and 27th in goals per game. In each of those years, Weiss finished in the top two in team scoring.
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