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Red Wings’ Weiss still dealing with groin injury

Detroit Red Wings v Florida Panthers

SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 10: Stephen Weiss #90 of the Detroit Red Wings prepares for a face-off against the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on December 10, 2013 in Sunrise, Florida. The Panthers defeated the red Wings 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

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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.

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