EDIT: I should clarify that I would not be happy if we traded any asset for Weaver. That being said, his acquisition on any level would not make sense to me. His career 11 NHL playoff games is of little to no benefit.
Weaver already spends his summers teaching the game at his invitation-only Defence First hockey schools in Toronto and East Lansing, Mich., that he co-founded with his former Michigan State teammate Jon Insana.
The unique school teaches young teenagers - whether a forward or blue-liner - the aspects of the defensive game. The thoughtful Weaver is a big believer in skill development.
He also has a telecommunications degree with a minor in web design and software development. Weaver already has plans to create an internet program that will help teach the game more effectively down the road.
"I was reading an article recently that predicted that Europeans will eventually overtake North Americans in all aspects of hockey because in Canada it's all about games, games, games, it's not about perfecting your skills," Weaver said before the Panthers visited the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday.
"It's a lot easier to throw a forward on the ice and tell him to score a goal than to tell him to stop an opponent from scoring a goal. That's what our school tries to teach."
Undrafted and undersized
Even though he went undrafted and has an undersized five-foot-10, 185-pound frame, Weaver has scratched out a 14-year pro career because of his attention to defence.