DETROIT >> Stephen Weiss’ season appears to be over.
“I don’t really know where he’s at,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said Friday after team’s morning skate at Joe Louis Arena. “I know he’s frustrated. He’s not on the horizon to come back. I was just in there talking to Steve, talking to our trainers, everybody is a little bit frustrated because we obviously thought he would be back by now, actually a long time ago. So they’re going through a check list. Everybody’s frustrated. He’s not getting better the way we had hope. We might send him back next week to see the doc who performed surgery, but in the meantime, he continues his rehab.”
Weiss had sports hernia surgery on Dec. 23.
“The doctor who performed the surgery and the doctor in St. Louis, who gave a second opinion, both think that it’s not an issue,” Holland said. “Part of heeling is what they call breaking down scar tissue and is it the scar issue, is it some other issue? At this stage of the game I’m not expecting him back this year. I think that’s the way we have to go forward. I mean he’s not even practicing. So I really don’t know what to tell you.”
Weiss last played on Dec. 10.
Weiss was expected to return to the lineup right after the Olympic break.
“We’re a month in and he’s nowhere in sight, so when you’re talking about healing you’re really never 100 percent sure,” Holland said.
Weiss said last week he was a day away from returning when he suffered another setback.
“It’s been a nightmare,” Weiss said at the time. “I keep pushing and trying to make myself available because in the end if we get in (the playoffs) we’re going to need bodies to be available.
“I had to kind of go backwards there for a bit which was real tough to take,” Weiss continued. “For whatever reason it’s been a tough year for me trying to get healthy.”
Weiss, who signed a five-deal deal on the first day of free agency at $4.9 million a season, has just two goals and two assists in 26 games this season with Detroit.