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Weiss Ready To “Help Out” The Wings

Michael Traikos of the National Post spoke with Stephen Weiss at the Biosteel Camp,

One might think that Stephen Weiss signed with the Detroit Red Wings this summer because he finally wanted to be a star on a star team. After all, the 30-year-old has spent the last 10 seasons living in anonymity in Florida, where he was the No. 1 centre of a perennial non-playoff team. And now he is in Hockeytown U.S.A., where the spotlight seems as inevitable as the expectations.

But while Weiss used to be called Weizerman when playing junior hockey in Plymouth, Mich., the soft-spoken Toronto native has no illusions of becoming the next Steve Yzerman. If anything, he wants to remain under the radar.

“There really wasn’t a lot of thought going into [the deal with Detroit],” said Weiss, who was not offered a contract to stay in Florida. “To join an organization like this is pretty special for me. [Yzerman] was one of my favourite players, no doubt. He’s a guy I looked up to for sure. But I’m not dreaming about trying to go in there and doing something similar. Hopefully I can just help out.”

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OMG!!!  Weiss is wearing a Panthers’ jersey.  WHAT DOES IT MEAN!?!?

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 08/21/13 at 09:07 AM ET

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I really do think he can help out as a #2 center.  There’s something to be said for taking another team’s #1 C and making him your #2.  He’s not going to be as much a focus for the other team.

Posted by Primis on 08/21/13 at 10:16 AM ET

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I was hoping Traikos would get a take from the Panthers owner on the loss of his #1 center, but apparently there was a conflict with the owner’s shift at Orange Julius.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 08/21/13 at 10:35 AM ET

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Posted by Primis on 08/21/13 at 10:16 AM ET

I definitely agree.

Having a #1 centre playing on the second line is a lot better than trying to force a #3 centre into the #2 centre role (or, God help Steve Yzerman, a #1 centre role).

The Wings could have, for all intents and purposes, two #1 lines and two #3 lines this year.

Posted by Garth on 08/21/13 at 11:06 AM ET

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The Wings could have, for all intents and purposes, two #1 lines and two #3 lines this year.

Posted by Garth on 08/21/13 at 11:06 AM ET

+19.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 08/21/13 at 12:14 PM ET

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Odds are that for at least a couple decent sized stretches, Weiss will even be the “#3” center when Babcock inevitably has to or wants to split up the Flying Circus due to injuries or something like Mule being inconsistent.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 08/21/13 at 01:23 PM ET

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