Red Wings Buy Out Weiss

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Tuesday the buyout of the remaining three years of forward Stephen Weiss‘ contract.

Because of the no movement clause in his deal, Weiss did not have to go on waivers prior to being bought out. As such, the Red Wings had until 5:00 PM on Tuesday to make the decision.

Weiss signed a five-year, $24.5 million contract with the Red Wings on July 1, 2013. He spent much of the first year of that deal on injured reserve, playing only 26 games. He made it into 56 games last season. Over two years, he scored 11 goals and added 18 assists for 29 points.

The buyout will cost the Red Wings two-thirds of his remaining salary over twice the length. That works out to $1.066 million for the next two seasons, $2.56 million in 2017-18, and $1.67 million for three more years.

It is the first non-compliance buyout by Detroit since the NHL implemented a salary cap in 2005.

Weiss was Florida’s first pick, fourth overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. In 13 seasons with the Panthers and Red Wings, he has played 732 games, scoring 156 goals and 267 assists for 423 points.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Lightning – Game 3

The Detroit Red Wings host the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Three of their Atlantic Division Semifinal matchup tonight.

The game is close to a must-win for the Red Wings, as they managed to steal away home-ice advantage from the second-seeded Lightning with a Game One win but can lose it right back with a loss in either of the next two games.

Detroit netminder Petr Mrazek, pulled after allowing four goals on 18 shots in two periods in Game Two, returns to the crease for the Red Wings. The Wings also get back forward Justin Abdelkader, who replaces Stephen Weiss in the lineup. Defenseman Brendan Smith swaps in for Alexey Marchenko on the blue line.

Stupid stat of the day: In his professional career, Petr Mrazek has never lost a series in which he won Game One and lost Game Two.

Game time is 7:00 PM on FSD.

Red Wings Rally for Win over Hurricanes

Two third-period goals lifted the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

Gustav Nyquist and Pavel Datsyuk scored to turn a one-goal deficit into a one-goal lead and goalie Jimmy Howard stopped all 16 shots he faced in the final frame.

Nyquist’s shot from the top of the left faceoff circle slipped through traffic and between the pads of Carolina goalie Anton Khudobin just 1:56 into the third, tying things up.

With 8:35 left, Henrik Zetterberg drove down the left wing and carried the puck behind the net before sending a pass out to Datsyuk in the slot. Datsyuk kicked the puck onto his stick and snapped a shot past Khudobin while falling down, setting the score at 3-2.

Zetterberg had opened the game’s scoring 1:29 into the second period with a power play goal. Stephen Weiss grabbed a loose puck on the left wing boards and sent it to Zetterberg on the right side. All alone, he drove to the net and lifted a backhander past Khudobin.

The Hurricanes evened things up with 5:52 left in the middle period as Nathan Gerbe snapped a rebound chance past Howard after a Red Wings giveaway in their own end.

Chris Terry made it 2-1 for Carolina, picking up a rebound as the late-man on a rush by the Hurricanes.

Howard finished the night with 30 saves on 32 shots while Khudobin stopped 22 of 25 chances.

Each team had one power play on the night, with Detroit scoring on theirs.

The win put the Red Wings two points away from clinching a playoff spot, which they can do with a win in Montreal on Thursday.


Detroit was without forwards Justin Abdelkader, Erik Cole, and Tomas Jurco… Forward Daniel Cleary and defenseman Jakub Kindl were healthy scratches… Goalie Jonas Gustavsson remained injured… Forward Landon Ferraro made his season debut.

Howard Stops Six in Shootout as Red Wings Beat Wild

Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard stopped six shooters in an eight-round shootout on Saturday night, leading the Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.

It was just Howard’s second shootout win of the season. He had made eleven saves in nine previous shootouts, going 1-8.

Howard stopped Zach Parise and Charlie Coyle to open the tiebreaker before Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek scored. He then held off Nino Niederreiter, Chris Stewart, Mikael Granlund, and Justin Fontaine.

Darren Helm scored in the eighth round, beating Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk on a shot that had to be reviewed to confirm that it crossed the goal line. Gustav Nyquist scored in the second round while Riley Sheahan kept the Red Wings alive in the fourth. Dubnyk stopped Pavel Datsyuk, Tomas Tatar, Henrik Zetterberg, Stephen Weiss, and Niklas Kronwall.

Parise had opened the game’s scoring with 5:53 left in the first period, tipping a Granlund pass to the front of the net past Howard after a Detroit turnover at their own blue line.

The Red Wings responded just 1:52 later when Sheahan – perched on the edge of Dubnyk’s crease – knocked home the rebound of a Weiss chance.

Nyquist’s low-angle shot over Dubnyk’s shoulder with 2:47 remaining in the second gave the Red Wings their only lead of the night on their first power play, making it 2-1.

Parise replied with a Minnesota power play goal, tipping a Pominville chance past Howard at 6:33 of the third period.

The Wild finished the night one-for-six on the power play while the Red Wings went one-for-two.

Howard made 22 saves on 24 shots against. Dubnyk stopped twenty of the 22 shots he faced.

The Red Wings are back at it on Sunday as they host the Washington Capitals.


Detroit was without forwards Erik Cole and Tomas Jurco. Daniel Cleary was a healthy scratch and Johan Franzen remains on injured reserve… Jakub Kindl was a healthy scratch on defense while Jonas Gustavsson remained out in goal.

Red Wings Survive Late Florida Push for Sixth-Straight Win

The Detroit Red Wings held off a late comeback attempt by the Panthers on Tuesday night, claiming their sixth consecutive victory in a 5-4 decision over Florida.

Brad Boyes scored with 9:06 remaining in regulation to pull the Panthers to within a goal. After the Red Wings failed to clear their zone, Alexsander Barkov drove back towards the net before passing off to Boyes all alone in the slot for a shot past Detroit netminder Petr Mrazek.

The Red Wings would survive a Panthers’ power play in the final minutes, during which they pulled their goalie for a sixth attacker.

Drew Miller opened the game’s scoring at 8:06 of the first period, beating Florida’s Roberto Luongo between the pads on a shorthanded break.

Barkov would tie things up just 1:02 later while skating five-on-three. Barkov was wide open at the back door to take a crossing feed from Nick Bjugstad and beat Mrazek to make it 1-1.

Before the second penalty was out, the Panthers would score again. Brandon Pirri‘s shot from the left faceoff circle just slipped past Mrazek and across the goal line, with defenseman Danny DeKeyser clearing it away a fraction of a second too late, giving Florida a 2-1 lead with 9:44 left in the period.

Henrik Zetterberg tied things back up just 32 seconds into the middle frame, taking a feed from behind the net all alone in the slot and putting it back past Luongo.

Luke Glendening put the Red Wings back in front at 7:07 of the period, lifting the rebound of a Stephen Weiss chance past Luongo during a scramble around the net.

Weiss would add a goal of his own against his former team just 1:19 later, tapping the puck past Luongo of a centering feed from Riley Sheahan.

Glendening scored again with 8:41 left when Weiss’ attempted shot on a rush was blocked right to Glendening to snap a chance past Luongo from in close for a 5-2 lead. Luongo would be replaced in goal by Al Montoya shortly afterwards.

Bjugstad made it 5-3 with 4:30 left in the second on Florida’s third power play goal, lifting the rebound of an Aaron Ekblad shot over Mrazek’s shoulder.

Mrazek finished the night with 37 saves on 41 shots against. Luongo stopped 12 of 17 shots before Montoya came in and was perfect on ten shots faced.

Florida went three-for-five on the power play while Detroit failed to score on their lone chance with the man-advantage.

The Red Wings continue their post-All-Star break road trip in Tampa Bay on Thursday.


With their win and Tampa Bay’s loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, the Red Wings move into the top spot in the Atlantic Division… Daniel Cleary appeared in just his twelfth game of the season, replacing Teemu Pulkkinen in the lineup. Pulkkinen had been returned to the Grand Rapids Griffins so he could appear in the AHL All-Star Game… Tomas Jurco (back) and Jakub Kindl (wrist) remained out due to injury while Brian Lashoff was a healthy scratch.

Red Wings Win in Shootout After Wild Comeback

Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek stopped both shots he faced and the Red Wings got goals from Pavel Datsyuk and Gustav Nyquist as they earned a 5-4 shootout win over the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night.

The tiebreaker was necessary after Minnesota scored three times in the third period to erase Detroit’s 4-1 lead entering the final frame.

Zach Parise‘s power play goal at 6:01 of the third period gave the Wild life. Jason Pominville sent the rebound of a Thomas Vanek chance to Parise all alone in the slot for a shot into the open side of the net to make it 4-2.

Vanek would add one of his own one second past the period’s midway point, driving through the slot to lift a backhander past Mrazek, pulling Minnesota to within a goal.

Parise struck again with 6:39 left to tie things up. Detroit defenseman Jonathan Ericsson waited for several seconds to set up a play behind the net and then promptly turned it over to Parise all alone in front of Mrazek. As Ericsson dove to try to get in the way, Mrazek stopped the first chance but Parise knocked in his own rebound.

Parise would end up being Minnesota’s first shooter in the shootout but fired high. Datsyuk lifted a backhander past goalie Darcy Kuemper to score on his chance before Mrazek stopped Mikko Koivu and Nyquist slid a shot between Kuemper’s pads for the win.

Teemu Pulkkinen‘s first career NHL goal opened the game’s scoring at 9:09 of the first period. On a three-on-two, Stephen Weiss fed Pulkkinen for a one-timer from the slot that he blew past Minnesota starter Devan Dubnyk.

Koivu snapped a shot from the left faceoff circle past Mrazek with 6:38 left in the first – just seven seconds into a power play – to tie things back up.

Ericsson restored the Detroit lead 1:08 later with a blast from the point through a screen by Justin Abdelkader.

Nyquist tipped a Niklas Kronwall shot past Dubnyk for a power play goal to make it 3-1 at 3:41 of the second period.

Xavier Ouellet made it 4-1 at 7:25, stepping up into the high slot for a shot that deflected off Justin Fontaine and past Dubnyk, ending the netminder’s night.

Mrazek finished the night with 34 saves on 38 shots. Dubnyk stopped six of ten chances while Kuemper was a perfect 14-for-14 until the shootout.

Detroit scored on one of their two power play chances while Minnesota went two-for-five with the man-advantage.

The Red Wings are now off until next Tuesday for the All-Star break.


After the game, Pulkkinen was returned to the Grand Rapids Griffins so he can take part in the AHL All-Star Game. Ouellet, who was also selected as an AHL All-Star, will remain in Detroit to rest a sore wrist.

Nyquist’s Overtime Winner Lifts Red Wings Past Senators

Gustav’s Nyquist’s impressive individual effort in overtime carried the Detroit Red Wings past the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

After an Ottawa turnover, Nyquist controlled the puck on his own for 28 seconds. From the left wing he circled along the blue line, down the right side, behind the goal, then looped again before cutting back from the right side to the left. Finally, with 48 seconds left in the overtime period, Nyquist snapped a shot through traffic and past Senators’ goalie Craig Anderson, ending the game at 3-2.

Mike Hoffman had opened the game’s scoring with 6:19 left in the first period, popping the rebound of a Mark Borowiecki shot past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard.

Justin Abdelkader evened things up with 14 seconds left in the period. Henrik Zetterberg‘s shot from the left side went wide of the net but the puck bounced off the back boards and came out the other side to Abdelkader, who put the puck off Anderson and in for a 1-1 tie.

With 6:44 left in the second, Clarke MacArthur made it 2-1 for Ottawa. Kyle Turris sent a centering pass from the left wing that Danny DeKeyser got to but the puck went off him and right to MacArthur for a shot past Howard from the slot.

Zetterberg knotted things up just three seconds into a power play at 3:58 of the third. Pavel Datsyuk won the faceoff back to Niklas Kronwall, who moved it on to Zetterberg for a blast from the top of the opposite circle past Anderson.

Zetterberg’s goal was the only power play tally of the night, with the Red Wings getting three chances on the man-advantage and the Senators getting five.

Howard finished the night with 31 saves on 33 shots. Anderson made 24 stops on 27 shots faced.

The Red Wings conclude their short road trip on Monday, visiting the Boston Bruins.


Tom McCollum was returned to the Grand Rapids Griffins before the game, making room for Jimmy Howard’s return from injured reserve… Both Stephen Weiss and Niklas Kronwall, who left Tuesday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres due to injury, were able to play… Daniel Cleary, Joakim Andersson, and Brian Lashoff were the healthy scratches.

Red Wings Rally to End Slump with 6-3 Win over Sabres

The Detroit Red Wings ended their losing streak at six games, rallying from down late in the second period for a 6-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.

The Sabres had a 3-1 lead until Danny DeKeyser scored the first of five consecutive goals for the Red Wings. DeKeyser whipped a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle past Buffalo netminder Michal Neuvirth with 2:06 left in the second period.

Henrik Zetterberg tied things up at 4:19 of the third. After protecting the puck along the left wing boards, Zetterberg gave it to Pavel Datsyuk and moved into the high slot. Datsyuk sent a pass back and Zetterberg blasted a shot through a screen by Justin Abdelkader.

With 8:20 remaining and the Red Wings on a power play, Tomas Tatar made it 4-3. Danny DeKeyser worked it to Gustav Nyquist, who drove to the net but then dropped it back to DeKeyser for a pass over to Tatar in the left circle. Tatar beat Neuvirth with a snapped shot from the faceoff dot.

Johan Franzen put Detroit up by a pair 2:26 later. Franzen’s initial shot from the top of the left circle was knocked down, with the rebound slipping past Datsyuk in the slot and back out to Franzen, who continued into the right circle for a snapper past Neuvirth for another power play goal.

Tatar rounded out the scoring on his second power play tally with 2:12 left. From low in the right circle, Nyquist sent a pass up to Brendan Smith near the blue line for a slap-pass down to Tatar, who lifted it past Neuvirth.

Buffalo’s Nicolas Deslauriers had opened the scoring at 2:36 of the first period. Drew Stafford threw the puck out front from the corner and it bounced off Deslauriers’ chest and past Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek for the early lead.

With 9:10 left in the opening period, Stephen Weiss deflected a Jakub Kindl shot from the blue line past Neuvirth for the Red Wings’ first power play goal of the night to tie things up.

Chris Stewart put the Sabres back in front 2:45 later, racing past Kindl to get open for a pass from Cody Hodgson on a rush and tapping it past Mrazek.

Andre Benoit made it 3-1 at 9:00 of the middle frame, beating Mrazek on a shorthanded two-on-none with Brian Flynn.

Mrazek finished the night with 13 saves on 16 shots against. Neuvirth stopped 33 of 39 shots.

Detroit went four-for-six on the power play but allowed one shorthanded goal. The Sabres did not score on their lone power play attempt.

The Red Wings are now off for Christmas. They’ll return on Saturday when they visit the Ottawa Senators.


Weiss returned to the Detroit lineup after missing four games due to injury. Goalie Jimmy Howard was placed on short-term IR to make room for Weiss in the lineup. With Weiss back, Daniel Cleary was a healthy scratch… Weiss’ return was short-lived as he left the game in the third period with an apparent head injury… Niklas Kronwall left the game with an “upper-body injury” in the second period… Joakim Andersson and Brian Lashoff were healthy scratches.

Pregame: Sabres @ Red Wings – 12/23

The Red Wings get one more shot to end their losing streak before Christmas tonight, as they host the Buffalo Sabres having lost six games in a row.

Detroit will get some help up front as Stephen Weiss returns from injury. He’ll replace Daniel Cleary in the lineup, leaving Cleary and Joakim Andersson as healthy scratches.

There will be no changes on the blue line, with Brian Lashoff once again the odd-man out.

Petr Mrazek gets the start in goal with Jimmy Howard still unable to go. Howard was placed on short-term IR to make room for Weiss’ return and Tom McCollum remains as Mrazek’s backup.

Stupid stat of the day: Detroit is 37-34-14 all-time in their last game before Christmas.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD.

Pregame: Blue Jackets @ Red Wings – 12/16

Looking to stop a three-game skid, the Detroit Red Wings host the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight. Columbus is on a tear, having won their last six games.

Detroit will see several lineup changes, as Justin Abdelkader and Danny DeKeyser return from injury but Johan Franzen sits due to illness. Xavier Ouellet remains with the club with forward Stephen Weiss placed on injured reserve to keep a roster spot open for him. Jakub Kindl and Brian Lashoff will be the healthy scratches.

Jimmy Howard gets the start in net for the Red Wings.

Stupid stat of the day: The Red Wings have only won two games on the road on December 16 since the Great Expansion. Thankfully, they’re at home tonight.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD.