Stephen Weiss is obviously playing through the pain. The Panthers' top-line center has seen his production drop as his shot doesn't have the juice it once did and he struggles to win faceoffs.

"He's playing through some things other guys wouldn't,'' coach Pete DeBoer said Thursday. "I have no issue with that.''

Yet the thing that seems to be hurting Weiss the most isn't his wrist, hand, shoulder, hip, knee or groin. What appears to be bothering Weiss the most these days is the thought that the Panthers may not want him anymore.

But that's not the case. The Panthers just don't have many valuable chips to deal in which to rebuild. Weiss is one of them.

"I love it here and I don't want to go anywhere. I'll stay here until my career is over if they'll let me,'' Weiss said Thursday morning, his eyes affixed on the locker-room floor. "But it's not up to me. If management feels like they want to make a move and want to move on, I'll have to consider it.''