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Weiss the Wing, signs five-year deal in Detrot

Jul 5, 2013, 2:34 PM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings have landed one of the top available centers on the free-agent market, signing Stephen Weiss to a five-year deal worth $24.5 million ($4.9 million cap hit).

Weiss, 30, leaves Florida — the team that drafted him fourth overall in 2001 — after scoring 394 points in 654 games with the Panthers.

In Detroit, he’ll join the likes of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, as well as Daniel Alfredsson, who shocked Ottawa fans today by leaving the Senators.

Weiss played just 17 games in 2013, scoring only once with three assists. A wrist injury that required surgery caused him to miss 26 games.

For the Panthers, Weiss becomes the latest free agent to depart Florida. Last summer, defenseman Jason Garrison left to sign in Vancouver.

  1. xjokerz - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    much better than signing Alfredson…

    two thumbs up Holland, you finally did something right.

    • 2dmo4 - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      Holland has been doing things right for well over a decade.

      • polegojim - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:30 PM

        Holy Smokes…. BOTH are AWESOME signings.

        Wonderful… I told Ken he was my first yesterday… you saw it here first.

      • clefty1 - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        For the most part Holland has done well but maybe you forgot about bringing Sammy and Bert back plus trading a #1 pick for Quincey.

  2. hockinj25 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    We’re baaaack! Ken Holland doing work today, just make sure Nyquist and Andersson get signed.

  3. valarmorghuliss - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    What a great day

  4. hockeydon10 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Looks like Brunner walks.

    Too small a sample to give him the contract length he was asking? I thought the rumor was 3M per, which wouldn’t have been terrible on a 1-2 year deal.

    Oh, well. Weiss gives the Wings yet another natural centerman. Can’t be too deep up the middle.

  5. LampyB - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Brunner willing to let Wings keep him on retainer until after he has a chance to speak with other teams. Still a chance

    • hockeydon10 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      Maybe a slim chance. Still need to sign Nyquist, Andersson and Smith. May not be enough room after taking care of those three.

    • valarmorghuliss - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      Brunner is gone. Tatar will be taking his spot this year.

      • polegojim - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:32 PM

        Fact is… Weiss is better than Brunner…. Brunner was a HEALTHY scratch several times last season… moments of brilliance… combined with weak puck play.

        I’d like to ahve Brunner back… but is a Red Wings WIN if… in lieu of…

  6. minimiggy - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Yeah weiss is coming home! I remember when he was the superstar for the plymouth whalers.

  7. valarmorghuliss - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Goodbye Cleary and Filppula and Brunner
    Hello Weiss, Alfredsson and Tatar

    Holland knows what he’s doing as usual.

  8. jakreidler - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Trades coming. Mark my words.

    • valarmorghuliss - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      Definitely especially when the Wings sign Morrow here in a few minutes. Too many forwards, trade gotta happen

      • jakreidler - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:04 PM

        It would make me sentimentally sad but it might be time for Franzen to go.

  9. nolockoutpricks - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    and the old keep getting older haha what a joke

    • xjokerz - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      hes only 30…

    • redwings1977 - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      Unless you just woke up from a 10 year coma you’re an idiot. Once Lidstrom and Homer retired the Wings got a lot younger. Grand Rapids just won the Calder Cup and you’re gonna see quite a few of them next season. Should be a fun year.

    • polegojim - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:57 PM

      what a freaking foolish post… put the bottle down and crawl back under your rock nolockout…

    • hockeydon10 - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      Uh… Wings were middle of the pack for average age for the 2013 season.

  10. broncosfan29 - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    wouldn’t signing Nyquist long term be more important?

    • hockeydon10 - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:56 PM

      Not really. He’s shown some really great talent, but hasn’t reached that next level yet. Sign him for 2-3 years to see how to progresses. He’s certainly not worth a long-term contract. Yet.

  11. c1md6 - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Wow Detroit was a goal away from the cup and these moves just put them in that favorites conversion.

    • clefty1 - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      They were a goal away from the western conference finals not the cup final.

    • clefty1 - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      The Wings were one goal away from the western conference finals not the cup final.

  12. vikes1980 - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    great signing for Detroit, this guy can pay the game, and if you people taking snack don’t think so, check his stats… but I hope they get Brunner back, along with Anderson and Nyquist… Smith can go, he is terrible on defense and way to many turnovers especially in their own zone

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