The Detroit Red Wings have received encouraging reports on the progress of Stephen Weiss.

"(Trainer) Piet Van Zant texted him two days ago," general manager Ken Holland said. "He said he's feeling great, he's training hard; he's played some shinny (pick-up hockey). So far all reports are he's healed and ready to roll in September."

The Red Wings signed Weiss to a five-year, $24.5 million contract last summer, expecting him to fill their second-line center spot. But he experienced a forgettable, injury-plagued season.

Weiss, 31, had surgery on Dec. 23 to repair a sports hernia. He was due back by the end of February but experienced multiple setbacks and didn't return.

He underwent a second procedure on April 21 to release scar tissue.