DETROIT >> Stephen Weiss is still a Detroit Red Wing, for now.
It appears the Wings have decided not to waive Weiss in order to buy out the remaining three years of his contract prior to the buyout period ended Tuesday at noon.
The team has yet to confirm.
Detroit could still try and trade Weiss, who has three more years at $4.9 million a season left on the five-year deal he signed prior to the 2013-14 season.
Weiss, 32, however has a no-trade clause.
Had the Wings placed Weiss on waivers and he cleared, they would have paid out two-thirds of the remaining deal spread out over twice the remaining length of the deal.
There is one more buyout period in August, but that’s just for teams with arbitration cases.
If the Wings had bought him out this year, their cap hits over the next six years would have been $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.
New coach Jeff Blashill must feel Weiss will help the lineup.
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.
If Detroit knew 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 whether to waive Weiss may have been different.
“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 Pav 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.”
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.
“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.