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MIKE WEAVER: Off to Montreal (via California) as Florida Panthers Make Move

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BOSTON -- Mike Weaver shook hands and said goodbye to a few teammates before leaving Boston Garden after Tuesday's morning skate, then went back to the team hotel and saw most of them anyway.

Weaver, in his final year of his second two-year contract with the Panthers, was traded to Montreal not long after Florida's workout at the Garden. The Panthers got a fifth round pick in the 2015 draft for Weaver.

Weaver went back to the team hotel to gather his belongings and tie up little things like turning in his team-issued iPad. Weaver apparently left the charger for it at home in South Florida.

Montreal is currently on a west coast swing so Weaver, 35, was catching a flight out of Logan on Tuesday evening and meeting his new team in Anaheim. The Canadiens lost the opener of the trip Monday in Los Angeles.

"I'm still trying to wrap my mind around things, still kind of in shock,'' said Weaver, who was in his fourth season with the Panthers and one of their team leaders.

"I'm meeting the team in Anaheim and going on the west coast trip we were supposed to be going on later in the month. I'm excited about the opportunity. We have a great team.

"This could be fun. The energy inside the building in Montreal is just amazing. Being a part of the Montreal Canadiens really is amazing. It's Original Six. The tradition behind that jersey is amazing. The nerves are going to be going, but they'll be good nerves.''

Yet leaving Florida was bittersweet for Weaver.

"I loved it here, this is a great place to play,'' he said. "Florida has great weather, great facilities. I wish I could have been part of the new ownership moving forward. I wish them all the best. I had a great time in Florida.''

Before the trade, it looked like the Panthers were going to make Weaver a healthy scratch as he and Scott Gomez -- who was put on waivers at noon -- did the post-practice bag skate.

Weaver then came into the room and spoke to a few reporters before being pulled aside and told about the deal to Montreal.

"This is the first time I've ever been through this. We'll see what happens,'' Weaver said after the morning skate. "This is all new to me. When I first came here, I was part of the rebuild. And we're still rebuilding. It's part of the business.''

When asked if he had thought about Sunday's game on Long Island being his last with the Panthers, Weaver smiled.

"I'm not really thinking about anything right now,'' Weaver said. "If it happens, it happens. If not, everything is the same. I've had a great time here but we only made the playoffs once in four years. I would have liked a few more shots at that, won some more games. I wish we had a better penalty kill this year. But things happen. Either way, I'll deal with it.''

Gomez wasn't the only Florida player to find his way onto the waiver wire as goalie Scott Clemmensen was waived as well. If both clear -- or are picked up -- that frees up roster spots for the Panthers going into Wednesday's trade deadline.

"You're a professional so you just go out and play, whether it's with this team or another,'' Clemmensen said. "You don't worry about what may happen in the future. You worry about today.''

 

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Got by on hard work not loads of talent. Good shot blocker, good teammate but 35 and upgradeable. It was past time to part ways. Wish him all he best in Montreal. He's playoff bound.

Good riddance! Now lets trade for some NHL star caliber-else is the same BS with different names...

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