Stephen Weiss no longer a Wing as club decides to buy out the final three years of his contract

DETROIT >> Stephen Weiss is no longer a Detroit Red Wing.

The Wings decided to buy out the remaining three years of his contract prior to the buyout period ending for players with no-movement clauses in their contracts, Tuesday.

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

Weiss, who had a no-movement clause in his deal, will get paid two-thirds of the remaining deal spread out over twice the remaining length of the deal.

The Wings’ cap hits over the next six years will be $1.066 million in each the next two seasons, $2.56 million in 2017-18 and $1.67 million for each of the three seasons after that.

The team didn’t want to keep Weiss around if he was going to 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.

The roster does have two question marks.

Pavel Datsyuk is sidelined after ankle surgery and Johan Franzen is still recovering 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.

The Wings felt if Datsyuk would be back on the first of October and if Franzen, who has experienced numerous concussions, was going to play 75 games this season the decision on waiving Weiss would be easy.

Weiss was brought in to fill the second-line center spot left open when Valtteri Filppula signed with Tampa Bay.

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.

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


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