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Detroit’s Weiss has surgery for sports hernia

Dec 23, 2013, 11:23 AM EST

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Red Wings forward Stephen Weiss has had successful surgery for a sports hernia and is expected back after the Olympic break, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

It’s been a dreadful start for Weiss in Detroit after signing as a free agent in the summer. The 30-year-old who was expected to center the Red Wings’ second line has just four points in 26 games, and now he’ll be forced to rehab from surgery.

“The good news is there’s a three-week Olympic break,” said Wings general manager Ken Holland, who can’t be feeling altogether great about Weiss’s five-year, $24.5 million contract.

On the bright side, Detroit’s won two straight after going winless in six. The Wings host the Islanders tonight.

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  1. LampyB - Dec 23, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Detroit’s won two straight without Weiss. I hope Holland decides to buy this guy out at the end of the season, what a huge waste of money. Should have given Brunner what he was asking for at this point.

    • polegojim - Dec 23, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      Agreed on Weiss.

      You got it backwards Lampy… Brunner should have taken what the Wings offered him. Brunner has been a bust and healthy scratch in New Jersey. Not even playing to the value the Wings offered at this point.

      Youth Jurco and Sheahan have performed well… The Wings should stick with them and save the cap money for guys who are PROVEN performers. Building from within is a MUCH better ‘perennial’ strategy than rolling the dice in the free-agent market. My dog chases his tail vigorously and never gains any ground.

    • blastgrimly - Dec 23, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      Are you kidding? Holland should have given FILPPULA what he wanted, not Brunner.
      Have you seen Fils stats this year? That Finn is a PLAYER.
      Take a look at Brunners stats, and now he’s out with an injury, too.
      All you geniuses were saying good riddance to Val, but I knew it was a bad move.

      • polegojim - Dec 23, 2013 at 6:26 PM

        Given our circumstance, might be nice to have Val back… but he’s soft on the puck… not the preference for a strong Cup team.

        In the long run, I’d prefer exactly what the Wings are doing… building with some strong and hungry youth.

        Yes Don… Alfie does look very good with them. That could be a cool second line to come.

  2. polegojim - Dec 23, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    I do wish Stephen a quick recovery though.

    Talking out of the other side of my mouth… maybe the nagging injury is part culprit.

  3. saintsredwings - Dec 23, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    He should take his time with his recovery. 4-5 years should be enough time. We can’t even buy this useless tit out.

  4. hockeydon10 - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    I was willing to give this guy half the season to get the new team, coach and system. That said, I would have expected a little bit of a slow start to have been picking up speed by the time this injury happened. Instead, it’s been nothing but a steady-as-she-goes approach, continuing the not so torrid pace he started the season with.

    And it’s not like he was stuck with some plugs for wingers. Franzen can be streaky, but he’s still just below a .5 PPG player. And Alfredson, while older, doesn’t look too out of place with the younger guys on the Wings.

  5. hieronymous27 - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Given how ineffective Weiss has been since signing with Detroit he could sit out the rest of the season and no one would even notice.

  6. blastgrimly - Dec 23, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Really missing Filppula now, aren’t we?
    Told ya so.

  7. porkchopexpress1969 - Dec 23, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    If flip would do been consistent he would gotten what he wanted as a Wing. Problem is will he continue play at this level for a couple of years in TB? Not sure. Wiess so far is a bust, not sure if he will every become a decent player here

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