Red Wings’ Weiss still dealing with groin injury


The Detroit Red Wings’ best players powered Wednesday’s comeback win against the Washington Capitals. In an ideal world, Stephen Weiss would have contributed to such a victory.

Instead, Weiss continues to struggle with health issues that have plagued him since his last season with the Florida Panthers.’s Ansar Khan reports that the 31-year-old was held out of the third period of Wednesday’s game for the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Weiss’ deal runs through the 2017-18 season. It currently carries a $4.9 million cap hit, but it’s going to become especially tough to stomach in the next two seasons.

Take a look at the structure of the deal, salary-wise:

2013-14: $4 million
2014-15: $4.5 million
2015-16: $6 million
2016-17: $6 million
2017-18: $4 million

Considering that he’s just 31, it’s conceivable that Weiss might be able to make a positive impact on the Red Wings roster at some point.

It’s hard not to throw the word “albatross” around here, though.