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07:31 AM ET 06.17 | Detroit, with its roster gaining more young guns these days, may well be looking to add a veteran presence to join the youth movement. The Wings have inquired on the rights to Panthers center Stephen Weiss, Elliotte Friedman reported Saturday night on "Hockey Night in Canada." According to Friedman, the Red Wings, Stars and Maple Leafs have asked the Panthers about Weiss, 30, a former Plymouth Whaler who has spent his entire career in Florida and will be an unrestricted free agent on July 5. Weiss had one goal and three assists in 17 games last season, but he has scored 20 or more goals four times. His best season was 2009-10, when he had 28 goals and 32 assists.

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June 17, 2013  07:52 AM ET

Nice player, but seems to have health issues of late

June 17, 2013  08:14 AM ET

Not the add my TOR needs

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June 17, 2013  09:23 AM ET

Weiss made $4M last year. It is an absolute guarantee that Weiss will have to take a significant pay decrease if he's going to sign with the Wings.

The Wings have $10M in cap space and 7 players they want to re-sign.
RFA = Andersson, Nyquist, Kindl and Smith
UFA = Filppula, Cleary and Brunner

June 17, 2013  09:32 AM ET

Sounds like it might not be a Weiss move to me

June 17, 2013  09:32 AM ET
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Nice player, but seems to have health issues of late

That'd be a Weiss move. The Wings specialize on players with issues.

June 17, 2013  09:35 AM ET
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I think he'd be perfect for Detroit.

With his best season well behind him and a current history of injuries I think he's more Leaf material. :-)

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June 17, 2013  10:41 AM ET
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Weiss made $4M last year. It is an absolute guarantee that Weiss will have to take a significant pay decrease if he's going to sign with the Wings. The Wings have $10M in cap space and 7 players they want to re-sign.RFA = Andersson, Nyquist, Kindl and Smith UFA = Filppula, Cleary and Brunner

Read something recently that several months ago the trade talk with Filp's camp broke off because his camp was asking $5 mil. Wings might be making plans to go forward without him.

June 17, 2013  10:42 AM ET
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Read something recently that several months ago the trade talk with Filp's camp broke off because his camp was asking $5 mil. Wings might be making plans to go forward without him.

Sorry, contract talks, not trade talk.

June 17, 2013  10:50 AM ET
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Oh, the Leafs have employed Todd Bertuzzi the past five years? Wasn't aware.

LMAO - I deserved that. :-)

June 17, 2013  11:56 AM ET
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Read something recently that several months ago the trade talk with Filp's camp broke off because his camp was asking $5 mil. Wings might be making plans to go forward without him.

Everything I've read says Holland's Plan A is to re-sign each UFA, but like you said, Filppula and Brunner might price their way off the team like Hudler did last year.

The four RFAs made a combined $3.5M on their expired EL contracts. Each played significant minutes for the Wings and should be able to sign for at least 1.25M/y. [DeKeyser was signed for $1.35M/y.] Those four guys will eat at least half of the Wings $10M cap space.

Filppula made $3M, Cleary made $2.8M and Brunner made $1.35M last year. Something's going to have to give. Out of those three, only Cleary might take a little less money to stay with the Wings.

The hard part with signing Weiss is he's only 30 years old and he believes he's got at least another 4-6 years of prime hockey left in him. Chances are slim that he's going to accept anything less than $4M/y. The only way I see Weiss actually signing with the Wings is if he remains an available free agent after Holland fails to find a way to re-sign Filppula, Brunner and Cleary.

June 17, 2013  12:09 PM ET
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Everything I've read says Holland's Plan A...

Agree pretty much with all you said there. I think Filp is going to ask for too much based upon what he's actually providing.

Another possibility is buying out Samuelsson at $3 mil/season. With how the 3rd and 4th liners played at the end of the season, Tootoo there for active scratch/grit, not sure where Sammy would fit in and it frees $3 mil.

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June 17, 2013  01:01 PM ET
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Must you piss on our lunch? :-(

Aww man! I love piss free lunches!

June 17, 2013  01:11 PM ET
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Must you piss on our lunch? :-(

Just trying to be a voice of reason, my friend. Weiss is and should be a backup plan.

If he does sign with Detroit, he could be a solid second line center. ...Or, with a healthy Helm and all of the young talent in the system, he could be a wasted $4M.

June 17, 2013  01:12 PM ET
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Another possibility is buying out Samuelsson at $3 mil/season. With how the 3rd and 4th liners played at the end of the season, Tootoo there for active scratch/grit, not sure where Sammy would fit in and it frees $3 mil.

Interesting thought.

June 17, 2013  01:51 PM ET
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Interesting thought.

He's got just one more season on that contract, but he barely played last year; I doubt he'll prove to be a $3 mil player this coming year. The Wings have two buyouts they can/have to use this summer or next...really, unless they sign some UFA this summer that they'll want to buy out next summer, the route that makes sense is buyout Sammy this summer and have one left for next summer if (of course I'm not in favor of this, but could see it happening) they want to buyout Franzen.

 
June 17, 2013  02:37 PM ET
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Nice player, but seems to have health issues of late

Didn't play much this last season.

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