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by Paul on 12/04/13 at 12:24 PM ET
added 12:16pm, from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
Wings coach Mike Babcock has decided to insert Stephen Weiss to replace Henrik Zetterberg on the line with Johan Franzen and Gustav Nyquist.
“Weisser came here and got hurt and then he got hurt again so here’s an opportunity,” Babcock said. “I thought he was really starting to play for us on the West Coast trip and then he came back and he was injured. When you’re a guy coming in and trying to fit in and probably played when he shouldn’t have, and didn’t let us know, so he’s out for a while and it didn’t go as good for him. Bottom line we’re in the winning business so we’re going to do whatever we can to win.”
Weiss, who signed a five-year deal worth $4.9 million a season, has just two goals and an assist in 22 games this season.
“He’s in a situation, just like everyone else, Pav (Datsyuk) and Z aren’t here, (Danny) DeKeyser isn’t here, so those are good players that eat up a lot of ice time so someone’s getting the ice time,” Babcock said. “For me it doesn’t matter who gets it it’s just a matter of someone playing good and takes it. If you’re like DeKeyser was when (Jonathan) Ericsson was out he grabbed hold of it and proved his game and now he’s earned the confidence so someone can do that so ideally that’ll be Stevie.”
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