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Season over: Weiss to have wrist surgery

Florida Panthers v Colorado Avalanche

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 18: Stephen Weiss #9 of the Florida Panthers controls the puck as Ryan Wilson #44 of the Colorado Avalanche pursues at the Pepsi Center on January 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Doug Pensinger

Panthers center Stephen Weiss will have season-ending wrist surgery, Florida general manager Dale Tallon announced today.

Weiss, 29, was having a tough season, with just one goal and three assists in 17 games. But at the very least, the pending unrestricted free agent offered a potential trade chip for Tallon to play by the April 3 deadline.

Instead, it’s possible the Panthers could lose Weiss -- their second-leading scoring in franchise history (394 points), behind Olli Jokinen (419) -- to free agency for nothing.

And for playoff teams looking for help down the middle, Weiss is one fewer target.