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by George Malik on 07/05/13 at 01:18 PM ET
Updated 8x at 4:54 PM: Farewell, Valtteri Filppula: the Red Wings have decided to replace Filppula with Stephen Weiss:
This went down weirdly...
Not really. Wings can exceed summer cap by 10%.
Update #2.5: The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness confirms:
With the signing, Weiss in all likelihood could center the second line with another newcomer Daniel Alfredsson and Henrik Zetterberg. That would make the top line consist of Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen and Justin Abedelkader.
Weiss, 30, was on the top on the Wings’ second line center shopping list.
Weiss, who played for the Plymouth Whalers, had spent his entire career with the Florida Panthers where he’s their all-time leader in games played.
Weiss made $4.1 million last season.
He was the fourth overall pick by the Panthers in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
Weiss, who has only played in the playoffs once in his career, does lack size (5-foot-11, 190 pounds), but has an offensive upside, scoring 20 or more goals four times in the past seven seasons. He’s also stronger in faceoffs compared to Ribeiro.
Update #3: The Free Press's Helene St. James confirms:
Weiss, on the other hand, gives the Wings the no. 2 center they badly wanted, someone who will allow them to play Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk on the same line.
Alfredsson's deal, with a salary cap hit of $3.5 million, is heavy on bonuses that can, if needed, be deferred to 2014-15, when the salary cap will rise above next season's $64.3 million.
Alfredsson and Weiss give Detroit 14 forwards under contract for next season, a number that will grow by two when restricted free agents Joakim Andersson and Gustav Nyquist are re-signed. There are numerous questions, though, that hang over that current roster, including whether Darren Helm and Mikael Samuelsson will be able to play next season after both spent almost all of last season injured.
Alfredsson, who has captained Ottawa since 1999, has played 17 seasons for the Senators, who picked him in the sixth round in 1994. He's got 426 goals and 682 assists for 1,108 points in 1,178 career games. He has 51 goals and 49 assists for 100 points in 122 playoff games.
Weiss, 30, has spent his whole career with the Florida Panthers, who made him the fourth overall pick in the 2001 NHL draft (he played locally for the Plymouth Whalers in his youth). Weiss has 145 goals and 249 assists in 654 games, along with five points in seven playoff games.
And the Windsor Star's Bob Duff weighs in:
Two guys who were the faces of their respective franchises will both don the winged wheel for the 2013-14 National Hockey League season.
The Detroit Red Wings have made their second significant move of the NHL’s free-agent period, adding Florida Panthers centre Stephen Weiss via a five-year, US $24.5-million pact.
Earlier in the day, the Wings signed Ottawa Senators right-winger Daniel Alfredsson to a one-year contract.
Alfredsson, 40, who’d played his entire 17-season NHL career with the Senators and captained the team since 1999, agreed to a one-year deal with a base salary of US $3.5 million with incentive clauses that could bring the pact up to $5.5 million.
Weiss, 30, a former Plymouth Whaler, has played a franchise-record 654 games for the Panthers. Surgery on his right wrist last March limited him to 17 games last season, but he scored at least 20 goals in each of the three previous seasons, including career-high 28-32-60 numbers in 2009-10.
A guy known for playing a 200-foot game, Weiss earned the nickname “Weisserman” while with the OHL Whalers from people who felt his two-way game was comparable to that of then-Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman. He was selected fourth overall in the 2002 NHL entry draft.
Update #5: DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose confirms:
With Valtteri Filppula testing the free agency waters, the Red Wings were looking for his replacement to take over the center spot on their second line. Weiss has the creativity and distribution skills to make his linemates better.
Another solid two-way center in the Red Wings’ mix, Weiss’s skill set should blend perfectly with the team’s puck-possession style. The Weiss acquisition also will allow coach Mike Babcock to keep Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk together on the top line with winger Justin Abdelkader.
Detroit’s second line could perhaps feature Weiss in the middle between wingers Johan Franzen and Daniel Alfredsson, who agreed to a one-year contract to leave Ottawa earlier in the day.
Weiss, the Panthers’ all-time franchise leader in games played (654) and assists (249) is coming back from wrist surgery last March. The injury undoubtedly contributed to his light numbers last season with only one goal on 19 shots in 17 games.
Weiss, 30, played three OHL seasons with the Plymouth Whalers in suburban Detroit. He led the Whalers in scoring in back-to-back seasons producing 87- and 70-point seasons in 2000-01 and 2001-02. The 5-foot-11 Toronto native was the fourth overall pick in the 2001 NHL draft.
Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves has played against Weiss, but suspects that the newcomer will need some time to get acclimated to his new surroundings.
“I know from my own experiences of going to a different team you’re not extremely comfortable right away,” Eaves said. “The guys here are great, even when I first walked in they were unbelievable. But it will be a new place for him, it’s life, and will take a little time. I just know that he’s a really good player.”
Update #5.5: The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan confirms.
Update #6: Um, uh:
Update #8: Here's the official release:
RED WINGS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FREE AGENT FORWARD STEPHEN WEISS ON A FIVE-YEAR DEAL
... Center to Play in Hockeytown Through 2017-18 Season …
Detroit, MI... Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland today announced that the club has agreed to terms with free agent forward Stephen Weiss on a five-year contract. In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Weiss, 30, was a first-round selection of the Florida Panthers (fourth overall) in the 2001 National Hockey League Entry Draft. The 5-11, 193-lb. center has appeared in 654 career regular season games, all with Florida, and has collected 394 career points (145G-249A-394P). Weiss ranks in the top-five in Panthers history in games played (654-first), assists (249-first), points (394-second), power-play goals (48-third) and goals (145-fourth). The Toronto, Ont., native has skated in seven career postseason games registering five points (3G-2A-5P).
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