Feb. 3, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Florida Panthers center Stephen Weiss (9) and Buffalo Sabres center Cody Hodgson (19) waits for the official to drop the puck for a faceoff during the third period at First Niagara Center. Panthers beat the Sabres 4 to 3. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Why The Detroit Red Wings Need Stephen Weiss

Free Agency opens on July 5th and the Detroit Red Wings will be looking to upgrade the team by bringing in a free agent or two. Here we take a look at players who could help the Wings moving forward.

Stephen Weiss

HEIGHT: 5′ 11″
AGE: 30
CAP HIT: $3,100,000
STATS: 4 points (1 goals, 3 assist) / 17 games played

With the possibility of Valtteri Filppula leaving the Red Wings via free agency they could be looking for a player to take over the second line center duties and Stephen Weiss would be a solid option.

Why should the Red Wings sign Stephen Weiss?

Weiss under-preformed on the ice and then was lost due to injury, meaning he could be a cheaper option at the second line center position.

Excluding the shortened season, he has produced at least 42 points in last six seasons and tallied at least 20 goals in the past three seasons.

Not only is he skilled on offense, but he was also one of the best defensive forwards on the Panthers.

He is accomplished in the face-off circle as well, winning more than 50% of the draws.

Why shouldn’t the Red Wings sign Stephen Weiss?

After a wrist injury and then surgery kept him out for most of the season, there could be concerns over the health of his wrist moving forward.

The Red Wings are looking to get bigger and at 5’11” Weiss does not accomplish that goal.

Despite his success on the ice, there is concern about whether or not it will translate well into a second line center role.

The question is, do we think he should be brought in?

Stephen Weiss should be the number one option for the Detroit Red Wings at the second line center position after news that the Philadelphia Flyers signed Vincent Lecavalier. Weiss is a very solid option for the Red Wings and should not cost as much as Valtteri Filppula.

If the Red Wings have a chance to bring him in for under $4,000,000 they should jump on it.

Should the Red Wings sign Stephen Weiss?

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