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.
That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.
— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4