Doug Weight To Miss Remainder of Season, Ponder Retirement

Daniel FriedmanCorrespondent IMarch 29, 2011

SAN JOSE, CA - NOVEMBER 11:  Doug Weight #93 of the New York Islanders warms up before their game against the San Jose Sharks on November 11, 2010 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The question of whether or not New York Islanders captain Doug Weight would play again this season has been answered.

Weight will not return this year and it's possible this might have been his last lap on the NHL circuit. 

His tenure on Long Island hasn't exactly gone according to plan. Weight has been plagued with various injuries during his time with the Islanders, limiting him to just 107 games played over the last three seasons.

In that time, he's managed just 63 points, though his age and health likely compromised his offensive production. 

Weight could not re-create the chemistry he and Bill Guerin had in years past and, in the following two seasons, he simply wasn't able to stay in the lineup enough to be productive.

His statistics aside, Doug Weight's biggest contributions were probably off the ice.

During Josh Bailey's rookie season (2008-09), he learned a lot from Doug, and when John Tavares came into the league last season, he lived in the Weight household, trying to absorb whatever the Isles captain had to teach him.

The 40-year-old center announced that he will consider retirement.

Whenever he finally hangs 'em up, Weight will certainly be able to look back on what's been a memorable NHL career.

He was originally selected by the New York Rangers in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. The Blueshirts took Weight with the 34th overall pick.

Doug's career on Broadway didn't last very long, as the Rangers traded him to Edmonton during his sophomore campaign, shortly before he'd start playing at the level that made him successful.

Over a span of 21 seasons, he's racked up 278 goals, 755 assists and 1,033 total points, playing for the New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Carolina Hurricanes, Anaheim Ducks and, most recently, the New York Islanders.

Weight made three Olympic appearances with Team USA, winning a silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

He was a four-time NHL All-Star and he won a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2005-06.

Should Doug decide to retire, it's been speculated that he'll remain with the Isles in another capacity. I'm sure the team would love to keep him aboard, perhaps in an advisory role.

It was definitely a treat to watch him play during his prime and, make no mistake, Doug Weight will be missed.


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