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When a team pays a player $4.9 million a season to be a No. 2 center, it usually helps if that player plays more than 26 games and contributes more than four points in a season.
Unfortunately, those were the numbers for Stephen Weiss.
The longtime Florida Panther couldn't seem to stay healthy, and even when he was "healthy," he never really contributed offensively in the way that Red Wings fans and management envisioned.
Weiss "replaced" Valtteri Filppula, who went on to have a 25-goal, 58-point season with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Filppula signed for just $100,000 more per season than Weiss for the same duration (five years).
So, comparatively speaking, Tampa Bay got 14.5 times the points for just $100,000 more per season.
What if Weiss had never gotten injured at all? What if he had been healthy and contributing all season?
Certain AHL players would not have gotten the call-up to join Detroit, but the Red Wings would have also been a harder team to play against. Detroit would have a bona fide No. 2 center instead of scrambling around to find one before finally deciding on Riley Sheahan in the playoffs.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland summed up the season that Weiss could have had when speaking with reporters on Sunday.
"We made a significant signing — we thought Stephen was going to be our second-line center...It was a disappointing year. He struggled early, and then he had a bit of a groin injury, then he came back...He never felt right," he said.