DETROIT -- If Stephen Weiss could get a do-over for the 2013-14 season, he probably would.
Coming to the Red Wings with a five-year, $24.5 million contract, Weiss said he tried to fight through his sports hernia rather than dealing with it sooner.
"Coming down for the first game of the year and thinking, 'How are you going to get through the game?' is probably not the right way to start," Weiss said Tuesday. "It's not my first year. I've been around a bit and should be a little bit smarter, and should have spoken up earlier. Maybe some of this could have been avoided."
Weiss, 31, was limited to 26 games this past season and underwent surgery in Philadelphia on Dec. 23.
Although Weiss expected to be able to return after the Olympic break, he was still experiencing pain and eventually was shut down for the rest of the season.
"It's been a big disappointment, but I don't know how much I'd change -- other than being a little smarter in the summer and maybe a little smarter at the start ...