Stephen Weiss was supposed to be an upgrade over Valtteri Filppula for the Detroit Red Wings. The team let the latter walk and used the money that he wanted to sign the free agent ex-Florida Panther to a long-term deal. So far that exchange hasn’t worked out very well for Detroit.
Weiss hasn’t seen game action since December 10. He had hernia surgery two weeks after injuring himself at that point and has been slowly recovering since then.
It appears that the pivot could be getting closer to returning for Detroit, however. Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News is reporting that Weiss has been skating and has not experienced setbacks. He was able to take part in a practice for the Red Wings on Wednesday morning.
His timetable for returning, as per Kulfan’s report:
Weiss will skate with his former junior team, the Plymouth Whalers, during the Olympic break and likely play two or three games with Grand Rapids in a conditioning stint. The aim is still to return Feb. 26 in Montreal, the first game after the break.
While Weiss has struggled to produce for Detroit this season, there’s no question that he’s a talented player that can make a difference when healthy and settled in. This is a guy that has scored more than 60 points twice in his career and has been considered a lock to break at least the 40-point barrier.
It’s incredibly unlikely that he’ll be able to do that this year, but Detroit can use all the depth that it can get as the playoff push commences.
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