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February 22, 2012 | 10:39am ET
Panthers' Weiss wants help
TheFourthPeriod.com

Although management hasn't asked for his opinion, the longest serving member of the Panthers Stephen Weiss wouldn't mind adding a player or two to help the team win the Division and make the playoffs, reports the South-Florida Sun-Sentinel.

"If (Panthers GM Dale Tallon) asked me," Weiss said. "I think every team would say, 'Yeah, sure.' We'd love to add anyone at any position that could help us out, for sure. We're in position this year where we're not selling, and it would be nice to get some guys to help out."

However, the 28-year-old, who has witnessed several rebuilding projects with the franchise that selected fourth overall in 2001, would not want to see management cut into the current roster to achieve that aim.

"It would be nice to keep everyone here and not having to wholesale guys out or trade your buddies," he added. "If we can add a piece here or there without breaking up the group we have, without destroying the chemistry, that would be the best-case scenario."

Tallon mentioned that while he would be open to a deal to give the Panthers their best chance to end the NHL-record playoff drought at 10 seasons, the club would wouldn't do anything that would mortgage its future.

"We're not going to do anything that doesn't make sense for us, not only now but for the long term," Tallon said. "We're going to be very patient."

The GM also added that he was not too interested in rental players, unless one of the league's few confirmed sellers is looking to give one away.

Meanwhile, Tallon strongly believes that getting key defensemen Jason Garrison, Ed Jovanovski and Dmitry Kulikov back from injury should solve some of the Panthers' recent problems and help them in a run at the post-season.

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