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Weiss Feeling Good

Ansar Khan of Mlive with a report on Stephen Weiss,

“It’s easier to get around the ice and it doesn’t feel like it’s as much work as it was before,” Weiss said. “So hopefully that’s a good sign and it stays that way.”

The Red Wings have 24 games remaining and Weiss is determined to have a positive impact after a disastrous start. The club’s big free-agent acquisition (he signed for five years at $24.5 million on July 5) has just two goals and two assists in 26 games.

“I’ve been out for a while, so I got to claw my way back into the lineup and whatever role I’m given just try to do that the best I can and help the team in whatever way they want me to,” Weiss said....

“I don’t care what sport you are, when you look at an athlete, you look at what they’ve accomplished over a period of time,” Holland said. “Every athlete probably has one year that’s way better than the norm and one year worse than the norm. But there’s a lot of statistics that are somewhat similar.

“When you look at the book on Weiss, it says 48 points five of the last seven years. He’s 30, not 36. Do I think he can be that guy? Yeah. I don’t have any reason to think why he can’t be that guy. Got to get healthy and confidence is a factor.”

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awould's avatar

Pretty much what Holland said. All this hating on a guy who’s had a train wreck of a year, as though his career numbers were a fluke and irrelevant somehow to what he can do when he’s healthy. The only concern is, can he flourish in a different system. Jury is still out on that.

Posted by awould on 02/10/14 at 06:11 PM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar

Weiss was playing good D and his faceoff numbers were good, but in the offencive zone you could tell he wasn’t in the right spots to score goals.

At first I was thinking it was because he was getting used to a new system, but as the season wore on and he still wasn’t in position to jump on rebounds, I started to think he was hiding a groin issue.

Hopefully, this surgery will give him the extra step he needs to get to the right spots on time.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 02/11/14 at 03:24 PM ET

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