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Wings without Franzen, Weiss tomorrow vs. Tampa (Updated)

Nov 8, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT

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Detroit will be down a pair of forwards on Saturday against the Lightning.

Johan Franzen, who’s missed the last three games with an illness, and Stephen Weiss (groin) will both be held out of tomorrow’s affair at the Joe, according to MLive.com.

The 2013-14 campaign has not been kind to either skater. Franzen has just two goals through 13 games and is a minus-2 on the year while Weiss, signed to a $24.5 million deal this summer in the hopes of becoming the team’s No. 2 center, has just one assist in 17 games and was recently demoted to third-line duty.

Speaking of the club’s No. 2 center gig, the guy that left the void — Valterri Filppula — will make his return to Detroit on Saturday as a member of the Lightning.

Filppula inked a five-year, $25 million deal with the Bolts in July and has been very good for Tampa this year, scoring 12 points in his first 15 games while averaging nearly 19 minutes a night.

UPDATE

The Wings have recalled Luke Glendening from AHL Grand Rapids.

  1. jasonp815 - Nov 8, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Wish the Avalanche was playing the wings while Franzen is out. He always kills it while playing the Avs.

  2. datsyukdominates - Nov 8, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    The Wings made a huge gamble in signing Weiss to such a large contract without knowing whether or not his wrist injury would allow him to ever be the player he use to be. So far that experiment has sadly fails. If it continues, I hope the next article we read about Franzen and Weiss is the debate about which one should the Wings use their remaining compliance buyout on…my vote is still for using it on Franzen!

    • hockeydon10 - Nov 8, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      You’re right about Weiss. I’d say give him until the 41 game mark to get used to a new team, new system, new coach.

      Franzen, on the other hand… Let’s just say you’re insane in a good-natured way if you think getting rid of him makes any sort of sense. Compare his numbers to the 20 players closest to a cap hit of $3.95M. His numbers are exactly in the right spot for his cap hit. He’s significantly better than some, and worse than a handful.

  3. rushledger - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Did you know? That Tampa bay and Detroit are division rivals? Even though I knew before I absolutely forgot because t makes no sense.

  4. datsyukdominates - Nov 8, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Wow that sounds like a really great argument except for the that there’s a lot more to putting up an equal amount of points. Franzen only shows up about 20 games a year! He plays with zero intensity the other 62 games, he doesn’t check or play physically hardly at all, is lackluster defensively, and he’s LITERALLY as “speedy” as a mule. He’s a slow moving obstacle, on a team set up for quick puck movement.

    • hockeydon10 - Nov 9, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      Ah yes, hyperbole always wins arguments.

      Babcock would sit him or have Holland trade him if he was as useless as you claim for 3/4 of the season.

      Forgive me if I trust Ken Holland to have correctly pegged his value at less than $4M cap hit over you’re bombastic claims.

      He’s around .5 PPG for his career. What would you rather have him do? Around 1.0 PPG? You’re talking Datsyuk territory ($6.7M cap hit) or Zetterberg ($6.1M cap hit).

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