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Centers of attention: Wings contact Weiss, Ribeiro and Cullen

Jul 4, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings are making a number of phone calls trying to solve their No. 2 center situation, contacting three key free agents on Wednesday — Stephen Weiss, Mike Ribeiro and Matt Cullen.

According to MLive.com, Detroit contacted the trio on the assumption Valtteri Filppula won’t be back for 2013-14. The Finnish center hasn’t budged off his contractual demands (five to seven years, $5 million or more per season) and he’s fully expected to hit the open market on Friday.

As for the replacements Detroit has targeted…

– Ribeiro is the most productive of the three, scoring 49 points in 48 games last year, 11th-most in the NHL. Thing is, he’s 33 and looking for a five-year deal worth $5 million per, according to MLive.

– Weiss is younger (30) and a superior two-way player, but has health concerns. He missed 31 games last year with a wrist issue, and is looking for a deal similar to Ribeiro’s ask.

– Cullen is the oldest of the lot (36) but still had an effective 2013 campaign with Minnesota, scoring 27 points in 42 games. He has a ton of playoff experience and won a Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006.

As for Filppula, MLive suggests potential landing spots of Tampa Bay (where former teammate Steve Yzerman is now the GM) or Columbus (where fellow Finn Jarmo Kekalainen is the new GM).

  1. fusionix7 - Jul 4, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    I would like to see the Wings sign Weiss. He is what Wings fans always wanted to see in Filppula. By that I mean he actually developed his offensive game, the step that Val never took. It should be noted that Weiss put those numbers up surrounded by little talent.

    • clefty1 - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      Weiss is another smallish forward and a bit injury prone though you do have a point about him being surrounded by less talent in Florida.

    • ryanprzy - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      I want Weiss also. But I just wish he would lower his asking price, especially after the season he had…

  2. garydelcourt - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    I love when players who think they are hotshots leave Detroit and then are eventual bench warmers. Val, take a lesson from Federov (who has more talent in his little finger than you have in your whole body) and be appreciative of what you have in Detroit. Sign Kenny Holland’s offer and say THANK YOU!

    • clefty1 - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      Filppula has not turned out how the Wings would of liked, he has had his chance and it is time for him to move on.

  3. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jul 4, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Note to Wings management. Better check with Mrs. Ribeiro before extending an offer to hubby.

  4. polegojim - Jul 4, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Weiss may be a little shorter than Ribeiro and Cullen… but good weight and lower on the puck… he’s #1 with potential as seen before this season… Panthers were a bad hockey club.

    Ribeiro – and quite of few penalty minutes for this type of player… but great pts, which we need… #2

    Cullen – showed up for the playoffs and doesn’t take a lot of penalties… but #3 with age

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