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Doug Weight | Center

Team: New York Islanders
Age / DOB:  (46) / 1/21/1971
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 196
Drafted: 1990 / Rd. 2 (34) / NYR
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Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky is "confident" arrangements can be made for his team to play some games at the renovated Nassau Coliseum.
Nassau Coliseum is the former home of the Islanders, but they moved to Barclays Center in 2015. That move hasn't worked out well for the Islanders, but now they have gotten the green light to build a new stadium in Belmont Park. While the Islanders wait for that arena to be built, there is the possibility of the Islanders making a temporary return to Nassau Coliseum or to at least play the occasional game there. The fact that it underwent 18 months of renovations that were completed in March 2017 likely help, but Nassau Coliseum is still not seen as an ideal arena for the Islanders. "If you think about the Coliseum, it doesn’t have the amenities and the things that a third generation arena will have," Ledecky said. "For example, in that great preseason game, there were still unbelievably long lines for the bathrooms. Concessions are still an issue." At the same time, Ledecky acknowledged that there are Islanders fans that would like to see the team spend some t Jan 11 - 9:02 AM

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The Islanders ownership and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman visited the renovated Nassau Coliseum to determine if it might serve as a short-term home for the Islanders.

The Islanders left Nassau Coliseum in 2015 to go to Barclays Center, but that hasn't worked out. The Islanders have gotten the green light to build a new arena in Belmont Park so that will eventually be their home, but there are questions about what the Islanders should do in the meantime. The Islanders and Barclays Center are working towards opting out of their lease agreement with the 2018-19 campaign potentially being their last there. If returning to Nassau Coliseum is determined to be a viable option, the Islanders might start playing some games there as early as 2018-19. Nassau Coliseum, which originally opened in 1972, underwent 18 months of renovations that cost $165 million and were completed in March 2017.
Jan 10 - 7:05 AM

Doug Weight took a bench minor and was given a game misconduct for his profanity directed at the referee's on Sunday.

It happened at the 16:35 mark of the second as Weight was livid about a penalty call that led to a power play goal by Gabriel Landeskog that made it 4-0 Colorado. "He wanted to show some passion," associate coach Luke Richardson said. "Some of the frustration as a whole, our team got out-battled from one end to the other. Your leader’s got to show the passion if it wasn’t there, and Doug did that. Sometimes it’s extreme, but in a game like this, we have to be extreme." Look for the NHL to fine Weight for his indiscretion.
Jan 1 - 8:24 AM

The New York Islanders have secured a bid to build their new arena in Belmont Park.

That will bring the Islanders back to Long Island after they moved to Brooklyn in 2015. "The Islanders are called the Islanders for a reason.This is really where the team belongs," John Tavares said. "To have somewhere where it's written in stone that we're going to have a home that's going to be long and permanent and built for the Islanders on Long Island on a very historical place on Long Island I think is pretty special." Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky wants to begin the arena's development as soon as possible, but there isn't a set date for its completion yet.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 06:27:00 PM

Though Islanders coach Doug Weight didn't name names, it seems like there are some players on his team that he's pretty unhappy with.

"I’ll be frank. We’ve got some guys who are passengers right now. It’s just not good," Weight said. "Every time I’m trying to rely [on someone] or challenge, it’s in our net or it’s a penalty. It’s game 32, so there are some discussions to be had." He added that everything is on the table when it comes to those talks and that "we’ve got to get some guys to compete or we’ve got to make some decisions." The Islanders are 17-12-3 this season, but their on a 2-5-1 skid. On top of that, their goaltender and defense have been major issues as they've averaging 3.43 goals allowed per contest.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 06:57:00 AM

The Islanders spent their entire practice on Friday just working on their penalty kill.

It's been a major problem for the Islanders this season as they rank 30th in the league with a 73.33% PK success rate. It hasn't helped matters that the Islanders lost Nikolay Kulemin (shoulder) for the season as he was one of their mainstays on the penalty kill. Since Kulemin was shutdown, the Islanders have killed off a mere 62.5% of their penalties. Casey Cizikas' (lower body) four-game absence also complicated things, but he was able to return on Thursday. The Islanders will see if their recent work pays off on Saturday against Boston.
Sat, Dec 9, 2017 05:29:00 AM

The New York Islanders' power play has turned a corner after a shaky start.

The Islanders didn't get a single power-play goal in their first 20 attempts, but they now have a 16-for-74 conversion rate. That 21.6% success rate with the man advantage is good for 12th place in the NHL. "I think quick movement, I think confidence," Islanders coach Doug Weight noted, regarding the Islanders' improved power play. "I think if you don’t get anything out of the gate as an individual or in a certain line or whatever you’re doing, it can snowball against you. We had some really good opportunities and we couldn’t score on them, and I think we went back to basics as far as our breakouts, as far as our speed on our breakouts, as far as work ethic versus the PK . . . You’ve got to outwork the opponent. I think we’ve gotten back to that mindset and now we have some swagger."
Fri, Nov 24, 2017 07:06:00 AM

The Islanders are in the bottom-third of the league with their 2.50 goals for per game.

New York hasn't looked any better recently as the Islanders scored just seven goals in their last three games - six against goaltenders as one was an empty-netter. A major part of the problem has been their power play as the Islanders are one of just two teams without a goal with the man advantage thus far. To make matters worse, the Islanders have surrendered three shorthanded goals, meaning that their power play has actually been a net negative so far. Part of the problem is that the Islanders' best player, John Tavares, has started slow with three points in six games, but he's not the only one that's left something to be desired thus far. The Islanders don't have a goal from a defenseman yet for example. The Islanders will try to turn things around on Thursday against another team that has struggled: The New York Rangers.
Tue, Oct 17, 2017 10:01:00 AM

New York Islanders co-owner Jonathan Ledecky said that the Islanders are focused on building an arena at Belmont Park.

"We are locked and loaded on Belmont," Islanders co-owner Jonathan Ledecky said. "We have blinders on for Belmont. We are not looking at other places or other opportunities. We want to make Belmont a reality." The Islanders have already put together an arena proposal. They're currently in the third season of their 25-year lease at Barclays Center, but either side can opt-out in January, which appears to be an entirely feasible outcome. Ledecky did say that the Islanders will play at Barclays Center in 2018-19, but that might be their last season there.
Wed, Oct 11, 2017 04:44:00 AM

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman doesn't believe the renovated Nassau Coliseum is an acceptable option for the Islanders to play at, even in the short term.

"Ultimately, whether or not the Islanders want to consider that and bring it to the league or something, you’ve had to ask them about it," Bettman said. "But my gut reaction is it’s not a viable option." The Islanders and Barclays Center had agreed to a 25-year deal to make that the Islanders home, but either side can opt out by Jan. 30 and previous reports suggest that Barclays Center might decide to do so. That's created question as to what the future holds for the Islanders.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 05:59:00 PM

The New York Islanders have elevated Greg Cronin from the position of assistant coach to associate coach.

Cronin joined the Islanders as an assistant before the start of the 2014-15 campaign. He had also previously served as an assistant coach with the Islanders from 1998-2003. "Greg's hockey knowledge and experiences of over 30 years in the coaching profession are an asset to our coaching staff," Islanders bench boss Doug Weight said. "He's run our penalty-kill the past several seasons and each year, it's been one of the best in the league. He has a tireless work ethic on the bench during games, at practice and in meetings. His desire to get the best out of every player, to help achieve our goal of winning is impressive and I'm thrilled to continue to work with him."
Wed, Jul 19, 2017 05:48:00 PM

The New York Islanders have hired Kelly Buchberger as an assistant coach.

Buchberger's previous post was as the vice president of player development with the Edmonton Oilers. He also has six years' worth of experience as an assistant coach with Edmonton. "Kelly adds years and years of NHL coaching and management experience to our staff," Islanders coach Doug Weight said. "He is a tireless worker who commands respect behind the bench and in the locker room. I'm thrilled to welcome him to the organization."
Tue, Jul 11, 2017 01:38:00 PM

Fred Brathwaite has joined the New York Islanders as their new goaltending coach.

Brathwaite had 254 games worth of NHL experience as a netminder during his playing career. More recently he's spent the last three years working for Hockey Canada as the goalie coach for the Under-18 squad. He's also been a goaltending coach for Canada's Under-20 squad and in the German league. "Fred's experiences at just about every level of hockey make him a tremendous addition to our hockey club," Islanders head coach Doug Weight said. "Not only has he had a solid NHL career, but he's also worked with some of the top net-minder's coming out of Hockey Canada. He's ready for this next step and we look forward to him working with our organization's goalies."
Mon, Jul 10, 2017 05:16:00 PM

The New York Islanders could have a deal in place with the Vegas Golden Knights for the upcoming expansion draft.

The Islanders will likely protect skaters and as such players like Ryan Strome and Travis Hamonic could be available if there is not a deal in place. The Islanders will likely give up their first or second rounder this season along with a prospect in order to keep their 2016-17 roster fairly intact.
Sun, Jun 18, 2017 09:06:00 AM

The New York Islanders will play a preseason game in their old home, Nassau Coliseum.

The contest will be against the Philadelphia Flyers and take place on Sept. 17. This will be the first time that the Islanders have played in Nassau Coliseum since the 2014-15 campaign.
Thu, Jun 15, 2017 11:22:00 AM

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2Andrew Ladd
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4Alan Quine
5Shane Prince
6Nikolay Kulemin
7Michael Dal Colle
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