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Weiss’ struggles continue, faces former team tonight

Dec 7, 2013, 1:08 PM EDT

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Stephen Weiss‘ first season with the Detroit Red Wings isn’t quite going how he or the team had hoped. On top of missing six games with a groin injury, he’s had just two goals and two assists in 24 games.

Weiss faces his former team, the Florida Panthers, tonight and tells Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel it’s a tricky balance between team and personal success.

“You guys know why I came here, to win games and be on a good team,” Weiss said. “Other things will come in due time. I’ve had a blast so far.

“It’s awesome to be at the top of the standings and nice for a change for sure. Personally, it’s been a struggle. … You try not to read the newspapers and keep all that stuff out of my head. It’s been tough.”

When Weiss left the Panthers, he was the franchise’s all-time leader in assists and games played. This season in Detroit has seen him get bounced up and down the lineup in an effort to see who he works best with.

So far, the Red Wings investment in him hasn’t paid off but he’s got four more years after this to get it together. At least that’s what they’re hoping will happen.

  1. saintsredwings - Dec 7, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    He’s a bum. We should buy out his contract.

    • mshantz22 - Dec 7, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      I honestly think if he shows no signs of improving by the offseason buyout deadline, that buying out his contract would be the best thing to do. I doubt it will come to that though.

  2. polegojim - Dec 7, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Bottom line… with all the regs out getting healed up, this is Weiss PRIME time to step up.

    See Alfie!

    Weiss is a 10 year vet… and the young pups are out performing him… Nyquist… even injury prone HELM at least puts up points and goals in his… couple games a year. Weiss only has 3 more points over 24 games than Cory freaking Emmerton… who has played 6 games.

    Time for some healthy scratches, attitude tune up… I’d even take a butt whoopin… to keep him from wasting space and ice time.

    • tomivezaj - Dec 7, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      Actually you guys are wrong saying he’s a bum this guy has talent and speed I blame Babcock playing him with bum wingers since the start of the year mikeall Samuelson and bertuzzi are washed up play him with nyquist and Tatar and watch magic happen sorry cleary Samuelson bertuzzi have no room on this team anymore let the young guys do there thing! GO WINGS!!

      • polegojim - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:34 PM

        Oh, you mean like the Flyers game where he played on the top line and scored… nothing???

        … but Tatar scored twice on the 3rd line???

        C’mon Tom… sheesh.

      • hubeydubeydoo11 - Dec 8, 2013 at 1:21 AM

        I totally agree. He is an amazing centerman and he is very fast! Give him at least tatar instead of big burt and he will find ways to set up tatartot. Wings fans dont see how good he is but he needs time to really get a feel for a new team. This guy has never left sunrise florida until this season. I do wish he would get more time with skilled players not washed up old guys. He has a lot to teach when it comes to tough losses and not giving up. He had to do a lot of that here in florida but he is a guy too keep around and i miss seeing him in a panthers jersey

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