Islanders website & Newsday & Point Blank/Mr Botta: All report the Islanders on Tuesday resigned center Doug Weight to an extension that includes a base salary of $2 million plus a $200,000 bonus if the Islanders make the playoffs and will count $2.2 million against the salary cap with his comments.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Everyone knows where I stand with this. I think it's a mistake for a team last in NHL scoring to give a spot to a player who cannot produce at even strength with only four goals at five on five nor did he come at a discount.
If the Islanders draft a center and want to play him at this level is Doug Weight going to want to play on the fourth line (Nielsen-Bailey-Tavares should not on a young team) or be relegated to a role he was very clear about he did not want earlier which would basically mean the Islanders wasted a year on Nate Thompson.
Overall at center between Weight-Bailey-Nielsen they have a total (including Weight's powerplay goals) of twenty four total goals down the middle.
Thirteen total goals at even strength, one less at even strength than Travis Zajac of the Devils.
Classy man who has something valuable to provide to a team, I just do not think that's is this team at this time.
Hope I'm wrong.
Newsday: Greg Logan had a full article with Doug Weight's comments about the team, his season and next year.