Thursday, May 26, 2011
The retirements continue to come down the pipe, as teams that are finished in the playoffs are now getting word of which aging veterans will not be with the club next season and they can look to fill the voids as they see fit.
On Thursday, Doug Weight called it a career after 19 NHL seasons, playing with the Rangers, Oilers, Blues, Hurricanes, Ducks and Islanders. Weight was a part of the 2006 Hurricanes team that won the Stanley Cup, his only Cup ring in his career.
Weight finished with 1,033 points (278 goals and 755 assists) in 1,238 games, plus 72 points in 97 career playoff games.
Injuries limited the last five seasons, having only topped out at 53 games played in the 2009 season, his first with the Islanders. In 2011, Weight only suited up for 18 games before injury claimed the rest of his year, thus diminishing his value to the team on the ice and fantasy players across the board.
Weight was known as a solid leader and great veteran, a playmaker more than a goal scorer and saw some very good years in the NHL. I don't think the Hall of Fame is in his future, but his name may pop up in some discussions, especially in some lean years.