Wings consider buyout of Weiss contract; deadline is noon Tuesday

DETROIT >> The Detroit Red Wings have until noon Tuesday to make a decision on Stephen Weiss.

And it appears they’ll take up until that time to make it.

“We have until noon (Tuesday),” Wings general manager Ken Holland said during a phone interview Monday. “Let’s leave it at that.”

The noon deadline ends the buyout period – June 15-30 – teams have to decide on whether to part ways with players and their contracts, paying out two-thirds of the deal spread out over twice the remaining length of the deal.

Weiss, 32, has three more years at $4.9 million a season left on the five-year deal he signed prior to the 2013-14 season.

“I think the way things ended last year when I came back when the season started I wasn’t in the lineup, I was a healthy scratch, sat around for a while,” Weiss said during the end of year locker cleanout. “They told me they were going to put me in and wanted to know if I wanted to go play a couple games in Grand Rapids. I wanted to. I went and did that, came back and got a good opportunity then. Playing with (Pavel Datsyuk) there for a little bit and playing pretty well. And then, for whatever reason, I just fell down the lineup. I wasn’t playing a ton and when you’re not playing a lot it’s tough to do what you’ve always done.”

If new coach Jeff Blashill feels Weiss, who has a no-trade clause, will help the lineup he’ll be back.

If Weiss will be the 13th or 14th forward on the roster, averaging less than 10 minutes a game when he’s in the lineup, or just an insurance policy if someone doesn’t play they’ll likely part ways.

Two other factors the Wings have to weigh when making their decision is how long Datsyuk will be sidelined after ankle surgery and if Johan Franzen is able to return from a season-ending concussion he suffered last year.

Datsyuk had surgery Friday to repair ruptured tendons in his right ankle. He’ll be in a cast four-to-six weeks before starting rehab. He’ll be re-evaluated around the time the team wraps up training camp.

If Detroit knew Datsyuk was back on the first of October and if Franzen was going to play 75 games this season it would make this decision to part ways easier.

During training camp in Weiss’ first season in Detroit, he tried to play through a sports hernia. He wound up having sports hernia surgery and then had a second procedure later to repair an issue with scar tissue.

He managed to play just 26 games totaling two goals, two assists and a minus-4.

He played in 52 games regular season games last year and finished with nine goals and 16 assists.

Weiss appeared in the first two playoff games against Tampa Bay before finding himself benched the rest of the series.

“I’ve been around long enough, it was frustrating,” Weiss said. “You always want to do more. You feel like you can do more. I felt that way. I wanted to be in there, especially in the playoffs playing and have a bigger role, but it wasn’t to be.”

In all, he’s appeared in just 78 of a possible 164 regular-season games since signing with the Wings.

Weiss was has been passed up on the center depth chart by Riley Sheahan, Darren Helm and Luke Glendening and could get pushed further down if Dylan Larkin makes the roster out of training camp.

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