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Florida Panthers Stephen Weiss to Tie Radek Dvorak With 613 Games Played with Team

WeissdraftStephen Weiss' NHL career started in South Florida almost a year before he ever hit the ice wearing a Panthers sweater.

It's more than fitting that Weiss is still around. 

Weiss, taken by the Panthers with the fourth overall pick at the 2001 draft held in Sunrise, will play in his 613th game on Sunday against the Ducks.

When he plays Thursday against the Wild, he'll be atop the Panthers record book.

Sunday's game will put Weiss in a tie with Radek Dvorak for most games played with the franchise. He'll break that Thursday.

Although Dvorak set the Panthers record in two stints with the Cats, Weiss has never played for a team Weissother than the Panthers. It pains him to talk about the franchise's NHL record postseason drought, and no one wants to see that come to an end more than Weiss. 

If Jeff Conine was Mr. Marlin, does that make Weiss 'Mr. Panther?' King Cat? Niner? Actually, Conine has that one too.