Panthers trade defenseman Mike Weaver to Canadiens
MAR 04, 2014 1:46p ET
"Montreal was in need of a solid defensive defensemen," Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said. "I felt that it was a good thing for Mike Weaver to get into the playoff picture and have an opportunity to win with Montreal."
Weaver led Florida in shorthanded time on ice, averaging just under three minutes per game, and blocked shots with 94 this season.
He spent four seasons in Florida, registering three goals and 41 assists in 246 contests.
"He's a great warrior," Tallon said. "He played his rear end off for us every night, blocked shots, killed penalties. I wish him well."
Weaver, 35, is due to become an unrestricted free agent this July.
The move opens up an opportunity for Florida's younger defensemen to get an opportunity at the NHL level.
"We're going to get a good look at [Alex] Petrovic, [Colby] Robak, [Jonathan] Racine," Tallon said. "We have good young defensemen in our organization. We have some really good defensemen in junior and in college. We're just looking to the future."
The Panthers, who will host the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Fla., now hold nine selections for that event.
BOYES' NEW DEAL
Tallon announced the Panthers agreed to terms with winger Brad Boyes to a two-year deal.
TSN reports the contract extension is worth $5.25 million.
Boyes, who was due to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, signed a one-year, $1 million deal with Florida in September.
Through 59 games, Boyes leads the Panthers with 17 goals and ranks second in points with 28.