The New York Islanders have called a press conference for Thursday morning at which Doug Weight will make a decision regarding his playing career. Media reports indicate it is expected that the 19-season NHL veteran will announce his retirement.
Weight, a second-round pick of the New York Rangers in the 1990 Entry Draft, played the majority of his career with the Edmonton Oilers and St. Louis Blues before signing three years ago with the Islanders. Shoulder and back injuries limited him to 107 games, just 54 over the past two seasons.
"I'm trying not to drag it out too long," he told NHL.com during an interview last month. "I always told myself the last four or five years that I'm going to take some time after each season and re-evaluate. One thing's for sure, I love training, I love playing, and when I am healthy I still feel like a good player. … In the next 2-3 weeks I'll probably figure that all out, when everything dies down, figure out what I want to do in talking to (Islanders GM) Garth (Snow) and talking to my family, make a decision."
Weight has career totals of 278 goals and 1,033 points in 1,238 regular-season games for the Rangers, Oilers, Blues, Hurricanes, Ducks and Islanders. He added 23 goals and 72 points in 97 postseason games and won the Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006.
I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.
— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh