COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Brad Boyes is one of Florida's top trading chips as the NHL deadline fast approaches.
On Saturday, Boyes said he would like to stay with the Panthers and he confirmed that his agent has been in talks with general manager Dale Tallon about a new contract.
Boyes, who got a one-year deal from the Panthers after a training camp tryout, leads Florida in goals (17) and points (28).
Tallon didn't travel to Columbus and apparently is working back in South Florida.
"I would like to stay,'' Boyes said. "There have been talks back and forth. We'll see what happens.''
Defenseman Mike Weaver, also a pending free agent, could be moved by Wednesday as well. Weaver was scratched from Saturday's lineup not because a deal was in the works but because coach Peter Horachek didn't like Weaver's play from Thursday.
"Everyone has to be accountable in certain situations,'' Horachek said. "We have to make decisions each night."