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Stephen Weiss to miss eight weeks following hernia surgery

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According to Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News, Stephen Weiss has opted to have hernia surgery and will miss eight weeks for the Detroit Red Wings. He’s struggled to stay in the lineup all season long, and when he has played, Weiss hasn’t been particularly effective either.

General manager Ken Holland spoke to Kulfan about the decision to go the surgery route:

You can wait and they can do some things and help it along, or you can have the surgery now. The good news is there’s a three-week Olympic break and he’d probably be ready to go after (the break).

The timing could actually be a positive thing for Weiss. He will have a few months of rehab, and could use that time to settle in with the Red Wings. Weiss hasn’t looked comfortable since arriving with Detroit after the team signed him to a five-year, $24.5  million deal over the summer.

This has led to a shoddy campaign to this point for Weiss, who hasn’t scored since October 14. He has two goals and two assists total, and carries a minus-four rating. Weiss has been in and out of the lineup all year. He missed six games in November while dealing with a groin issue, and hasn’t played since December 10.

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