Hits Keep Coming For Florida Panthers
This season has not been kind to the Florida Panthers regarding injuries, and things just got worse with the announcement of yet another season-ending injury.
It’s been reported by Miami Herald reporter George Richards via Twitter that Stephen Weiss will undergo wrist surgery, therefore missing the remainder of this season.
Already missing Kris Versteeg, Dmitry Kulikov, Sean Bergenheim, Michael Caruso, Mike Weaver, Jose Theodore and captain Ed Jovanovski, Weiss’s injury serves as a huge blow, especially given the fact Bergenheim, Theodore, Weaver and Kulikov won’t be returning this season.
Now, if the Panthers plan to earn their second consecutive Southeast Division crown, they will have to rely on youngsters from AHL San Antonio. While capable, their youthfulness could end up being costly. Then again, it’s the young guys who have consistently given them a chance to win every night, so who knows?
Luckily, they aren’t the only Southeast team battling injury, as Carolina just lost starting netminder Cam Ward for 6-8 weeks. Then there’s the Tampa Bay Lightning who are only two points ahead of Florida, and just lost goaltender Mathieu Garon and forward Benoit Pouliot. They’re also missing Ryan Malone, though he could be back shortly.
With a 6-11-5 record, the Panthers sit in the division basement. They are only eight points behind the Canes for first though, so there’s a little time to improve things. However, it must start tonight at home against the suddenly hot Winnipeg Jets, a team they beat 6-3 last time around.
Hey, maybe it wouldn’t be a bad idea to re-create that particular game.