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Babcock to Weiss: ‘Bring it’ or you’ll hate it in Detroit

Sep 3, 2013, 3:19 PM EDT

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When Stephen Weiss signed a five-year, $24.5 million contract to join the Detroit Red Wings, he probably knew things would be different than he’d become used to as a longtime member of the Florida Panthers.

Not that playing for his previous team was some sort of high-paid vacation, but winning a Stanley Cup with the Panthers was never a realistic goal while he was there. The fact Florida missed the playoffs in all but one of Weiss’s 11 seasons with the club was proof of that.

In Detroit, expectations are a tad higher.

“We explained the situation to him very clearly,” Wings head coach Mike Babcock said Tuesday, per “Told him if he wasn’t ultra-competitive he couldn’t come here. If he didn’t bring it every day he couldn’t come here, because he was going to hate it if he didn’t, dislike the coach and dislike playing here.

“It’s real straightforward. If you don’t do it right, you’re not happy here.”

Ideally, the addition of Weiss will allow Babcock to play superstars Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg together on the team’s top line, with Weiss holding down the No. 2 center spot.

While Babcock would like to see his new center tally in the neighborhood of 50 points, the coach will also be demanding a solid 200-foot game out of the 30-year-old.

“We think he has lots of skill set,” said Babcock. “He’s got to bring it every day. You got to play without the puck here. Simple.”

  1. explosivo333 - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    I think Weiss is going to hate it in Detroit regardless of whether he “brings it” or not. What with it….. you know, being the worst city on the planet and all. I’d rather play hockey in Syria.

    • claudegirwho - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      When he said “you better bring it” he was implying that he better be “packing” while he’s in Detroit

      • jvinny0501 - Sep 6, 2013 at 12:21 PM

        you and explosivo333 are both assholes, and havn’t got a clue..Grow up
        explosivo333 the Jew comment is beyond ignorant, get out of your parents basement, find a job, it give you less time to dribble your ignorant comments..

    • popsjones - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      You are a typical jacka$$ with no clue. Since you believe everything that the media portrays, hop that plane to Syria.

      • explosivo333 - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:11 AM

        I read somewhere that during the holocaust, Hitler gave the jews a choice… they could either stay at the extermination camps or go and live in Detroit. 6 Million jews chose death over living in “The D”. It’s a historical fact.

    • milfs0r0us - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      Yeah, sweetheart. Soon as you learn to skate and figure out which end of the stick goes in your hands I’m sure you’ll jump right on that hockey in Syria thing.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:45 PM

      Anybody know what the PHT “thumbs down” record is???……This has got to be close….
      Congrats 333!!!
      You’re the idiot of the day!!!

      • explosivo333 - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:02 AM

        Are you folks trying to tell me that Detroit is a nice place to live?……… BAHAHAHAHA

    • Joe Meirow - Sep 4, 2013 at 5:08 AM

      Gee, that was a constructive, thoughtful hockey comment. Get to bed kid, it’s a school night.

    • clefty1 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      For one the players do not live in the city and you are pretty DUMB if you think they do. The surrounding areas of Detroit are quite nice and the Wings play downtown which is not to bad it is what surrounds downtown (the rest of Detroit) that is bad. Why have players in the past come to Detroit to play it is because of the large loyal fan base and the Wings have the best owner in sports. Many ex players still around the Metro Detroit area.

  2. polegojim - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Babs is right. If you take nights off too regularly… the media and fans will blast you.

    And, that is as completely it should be!!!

    Don’t believe it will be an issue for Weiss. His attitude and positive peer pressure will bring out his best.

  3. paperkid96 - Sep 3, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    My only problem with these statements is that Franzen takes about 50 games/year off (or at least parts of) and he still is on the team and if I recall has never been a healthly scratch.

    • superdatsyuk13 - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      I think you are right concerning the Mule if production were everything.. but he is hard to play against every night and draws the oppositions best checkers. I think Babcock values “Hard to Play Against” over production and in that regard he is steady… in my opinion.

      • paperkid96 - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:08 AM

        I do think he values hard to play against. Thats why he loves his “grinder” core. Mule coasts around too much and could be a lot harder to play against if he gave the effort of some of the others. I’m not strictly talking goals here.

    • beelza - Sep 4, 2013 at 4:25 AM

      That was the funniest goddamn post I’ve seen in a looong time.

  4. withseidelinn - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Always liked Weiss, solid player and high compete level with the ability to have consistent offensive seasons. I have no doubt he will be a great addition to the Wings. I wish the Leafs could have gotten this guy over Bozak. With guys like Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Kronwall etc, he be heavily influenced to give 110% every night.

  5. bruceeff - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Ian White is a good example of what happens under Babcock if you don’t “bring it.”

    • hubeydubeydoo11 - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:07 AM

      White was put up on a High level of expectations after finishing a season playing along side the perfect human…anyone is good if you play with him! White is a good defense-man but he just isnt the same with a D-partner that can cover any mistake he made and make it seem like it never happened. White is good…just not wings material. But weiss will fit in perfectly! One of my favorite panthers ever and he will always be a fav of mine. Excited to see him play this october

  6. jmcurran28 - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    On paper our (the Wings) second line looks impressive. Alfie, Weiss, and a hopefully productive Mule. Babcock has had to juggle lines so much in the last two years with injuries, and bringing up the kids from Grand Rapids. Signing veteran guys like Weiss and Alfredsson, can only strengthen the team. Can’t wait to see what happens.

  7. beelza - Sep 4, 2013 at 4:33 AM

    Mike Babcock, legendary ball buster and I love it! So Scotty finds out that Homer was having a difficult time choosing his jersey number. Scotty walks up to Homer and says why don’t you put 96 on your back. Homer asked why he’d do that Scotty said, b/c that is the year I’m sending you home. 4 cups and 20 years later, Homer stills hates Scotty, but Homer said he taught him how to win.

  8. clefty1 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    When is Franzen going to BRING IT every day?

  9. amardo - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    That’s exactly like we love Babs here in the D! He makes his philosophies and expectations crystal clear — which is part of the reason why Detroit is not always the perfect or ideal destination for some of the marquis free agent players. Secondly, the DRW franchise treats its players and player families like gold, and that is above and beyond the salary they get paid for playing the game. So yes, while being demanding is simply part of Mike Babcock’s fundamental coaching philosophies, he also knows how great his players have it in a Detroit Red Wing uniform, and there is an additional price to pay for that luxury. I could go on and on as to why he demands more from his entire team, but to boil it down to one simle fact: “The Whole is ALWAYS Greater Than the Sum of its Individual Parts”… and that my friends is the sole intent behind Babcock’s message to Steven Weiss.

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