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Detroit says Weiss ‘not getting better,’ likely done for year

Apr 4, 2014, 1:07 PM EDT

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The first year of the Stephen Weiss era in Detroit is pretty close to being a complete bust.

Weiss, signed to a five-year, $24 million deal this past summer, is likely done for the season after suffering a setback in his recovery from sports hernia surgery in late December.

“He’s not on the horizon to come back,” Detroit GM Ken Holland said, per the Macomb Daily. “I was just in there talking to Steve, talking to our trainers, everybody is a little bit frustrated because we obviously thought he would be back by now, actually a long time ago.

“So they’re going through a check list. Everybody’s frustrated. He’s not getting better the way we had hoped.”

Weiss, 31, has only played in 26 games this year and underperformed while doing so, scoring just two goals and four points while averaging under 16 minutes a night. Signed in the hopes of replacing Valtteri Filppula as the club’s No. 2 center, Weiss came in with high expectations — “we explained the situation to him very clearly,” Wings head coach Mike Babcock said — but failed to meet them, and now has the additional concern of an injury that appears to be quite significant.

Weiss was expected to return following the Olympic break, then said last week he was a day away from coming back — only to suffer a setback, which has turned everything on its head.

“At this stage of the game I’m not expecting him back this year,” Holland said. “I think that’s the way we have to go forward. I mean he’s not even practicing. So I really don’t know what to tell you.”


  1. smarshall3789 - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Just buy him out at the seasons end what waste and we don’t even need him

    • swvile - Apr 4, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      Weiss was signed after the new CBA was signed. He is NOT eligible for a buy out from the Red Wings. Which really sucks.

      • elvispocomo - Apr 4, 2014 at 5:43 PM

        Compliance buyout, sure, but he could still fall under a regular buy out. I would have pointed it out too though.

  2. 101starmymedic - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Dear 8 pound 4 ounce newborn infant Jesus….please get this turd off of the Detroit Red Wings.

  3. dangle13x - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    I miss Val.

    • 101starmymedic - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      I second this. Watching him play the Wings a few games ago was impressive. Every time he touched the puck I started to get a little nervous.

  4. holographicribs - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Waste of money. I guess be couldn’t hack it playing on a winning team for a change.

  5. withseidelinn - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    I’m gonna go ahead and say this was a worse signing than Clarkson. 0 production, doesn’t even get to play in the lineup. Brutal.

  6. rbbbaron - Apr 4, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    I think the name-calling is a bit undue– can you blame the guy and his agent for trying to land the best possible contract? The injury thing isn’t necessarily something within his control; I imagine he’d like to be out there on the ice and kicking @ss just like any other competitive person. If anyone is deserving of name-calling then that it’s the enabling GM who awarded him that unspeakably stupid (and now certainly unmovable) contact.

    • 101starmymedic - Apr 4, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      In a fantasy world sure, but he didn’t produce ANYTHING while he was active. The injury was the best possible scenario for Detroit. They were able to dump him into the IR and call up someone who can produce. The injury was a blessing in disguise. Weiss is just a money-pit.

      • rbbbaron - Apr 4, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        You missed the point– Weiss (or any other player for that matter) isn’t a money-pit if he’s not allowed to be. Regardless of how things have played out this season, it was clear that Holland effed up as soon as the details of Weiss’ signing were released. Weiss wouldn’t be looking like such a monumental failure for the Wings had Holland either a. gotten him at more reasonable terms (given his previous contract, production, and injury history), or b. simply not signed the guy (especially in the context of how well the young guys played down the stretch last season and in the playoffs…). This one is totally on Holland.

  7. bluesdroogie - Apr 4, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    no one can come in and replace filppula. I hate the wings from the years of the rivalry with st Louis, but they are in the east now. kick the heck out of the caps and pens. and that young kid Nyquist is awesome. I have a reason to want to watch the wings now.

  8. dtownbeatdown - Apr 5, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    Holland was always a great GM… pre salary cap era. I am not saying he is bad because we have some of the best prospects in the league, we have won a cup after the cap, and Holland always seems to find promising talent… then trades them away sometimes. But at the same rate I question his decisions in the past few years such as these signings- Mike Commodore? Samuelson? Quincey? Modano? Ian white? re-signing Cleary, which ultimately had Nyquist not play the first quarter of the season. Trading Val and picking up Weiss for pretty much the same amount of money Val wanted, and Weiss was already coming off a long injury hiatus. Oh and choosing Franzen over Hossa…

    Holland has issues finding a top defender to join this team of late.

  9. jwlljff - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Reminds me of a signing back in the late 90’s……Uwe Krupp! Maybe Weiss will play in three more years after he has collected his money just like Krupp did.

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