Islanders gain Weight

Doug Weight (finally) finalized his one-year contract extension today, signing on for another go with the Isles after an injury-plagued 2009-10 campaign.

Staring down his 40th birthday this coming January, Weight’s production has declined since his all-star days, but the vet’s value will likely be derived from his leadership and ability to share his experience with the Isles’ young roster.

Don't expect Weight to be content merely riding herd on the team’s young players, however.

“I’m not a teacher,” Weight told NHL.com in a February article. “I think it’s all about being who you are. Sure, I’m going to take more time with the young guys since that’s part of my job, but I’m here to play. When I get off the ice, I want to make sure the coach is looking at my number and wants me right back out there.”

Shoulder problems shortened Weight’s season to just 36 games last year, in which he posted a goal and 16 assists. A year earlier he played 53 games for the Islanders, but produced at a .7 ppg clip. Safe bet the Islanders would take that figure again, but doubtful they're expecting it.