Originally posted on Fox - The Hockey Guy  |  Last updated 7/7/13
The addition of Stephen Weiss and Daniel Alfredsson could move Detroit’s offense back toward the NHL’s elite.The pieces should fit together nicely. Weiss is a natural center who slides in behind No. 1 pivotman Pavel Datsyuk. The Red Wings used the since-departed Valtteri Filppula at center so that Zetterberg could play on Datsyuk’s wing.Unfortunately, Filppula struggled in that role. He scored just 17 points with a minus-4 rating in 41 games last season. Weiss figures to regain his 60-point form in that role for the Red Wings.“We liked Fil better as a wing,” Babcock told the Detroit Free-Press. “Now we’ve got Weiss, we think he’s a great fit. We think with our group, and the leadership we have, that he can be a real good player for us.”(By the way, it will be interesting to see how Valtteri does in Tampa Bay on his new $5 million-per-year contract there.)Alfredsson’s biggest impact could come on the power play, where he could man the point opposite Niklas Kronwall on the first unit. The Re
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