Stephen Weiss tests free agency, signs with Detroit

Stephen Weiss, Florida's longest tenured player signed with the Detroit Red Wings on Friday.

Stephen Weiss, the Florida Panthers' longest tenured player, signed a five-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings on Friday.

Weiss' deal is worth a $4.9 million per season, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported. The center earned $3.1 million in 2012-13, the final year of a six-year contract worth $18.6 million. 

Panthers GM Dale Tallon indicated last week he was still working to re-sign the center. Weiss became an unrestricted free agent Friday.

The fourth overall selection in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Weiss is Florida's all-time leader in games played (654) and assists (249). In his 11 seasons with the Panthers, the 30-year-old  accumulated 145 goals and 349 points, which rank second on the team's all-time list.

The two-way pivot appeared in just 17 games last season, scoring a goal and three assists, before undergoing season-ending wrist surgery.

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