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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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When it comes to hiring assistant coaches, bench boss Doug Weight prefers people that have NHL playing experience.
"I’m not afraid to say it, it’s something I’m looking for and chasing," Weight said. "But that being said, I’m not just hiring guys who play 15 years or 20 years. You have to sit with them, you have to see how they view the game, how they are, how they view the players, how I view the game." Weight, who of course had a long NHL career, recently hired his former teammate Luke Richardson to serve as an assistant coach. Weight is also believed to be considering Kelly Buchberger and Scott Gomez as candidates to join the coaching staff. May 25 - 10:44 AM

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman feels the renovated Nassau Coliseum is "not a long-term option" for the Islanders.

The Islanders are currently playing in Barclays Center, but the arena owners are reportedly looking to push the team out after the 2018-19 campaign. There's also been complaints about the quality of the ice there with Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck recently suggesting that the poor ice quality resulted in John Tavares' season-ending lower-body injury. That said, Bettman isn't ready to say that the situation between the Islanders and Barclays Center is untenable.
Apr 14 - 10:17 AM

Doug Weight has been named as the New York Islanders' head coach, which removes the interim tag from his title.

The Islanders posted a 24-12-4 record after Weight took over as the head coach on Jan. 17. Prior to becoming the bench boss, Weight was serving as the team's assistant general manager. Meanwhile, the Islanders are reportedly also looking to hire a team president that would be above GM Garth Snow. It also remains to be seen if Weight will keep the assistant coaches, which are holdovers from when Jack Capuano was the bench boss, or if he'll make changes.
Apr 12 - 10:20 AM

The Islanders posted a 24-12-4 record during Doug Weight's tenure as head coach.

It's not clear if Weight will continue to serve as the head coach next season or possibly resume his previous role as the assistant GM. For his part, John Tavares offered his support. "I think you saw what he brought to the team and really sparked the great finish we had to the season and gave us a great opportunity to make it," Tavares said. "I think he did a great job of handling the group and there’s a lot of respect for Dougie. He was great for me as well, challenged me and tried to put me in a position to succeed individually. So yeah, I thought he did a great job."
Apr 11 - 9:26 AM

The New York Islanders return home to play their first game since February 19 at the Barclay Center Monday.

The Islanders were on a nine game road trip necessitated by the arena hosting the circus and the ACC men's basketball tournament. They had a good road trip as they were 5-3-1 and are only one point out of the final wild card with an easier schedule down the stretch.
Mar 12 - 10:15 AM

The New York Islanders are reportedly not interested in acquiring a rental player.

Islanders GM Garth Snow reportedly feels that the rental market for forwards is too pricey. They might be interested in a bigger trade with more long-term implications, such as acquiring Matt Duchene from Colorado, but such a move would be more likely to occur over the summer when teams have more salary cap flexibility to work with. As a result, the Islanders might be quiet prior to the deadline.
Feb 28 - 6:35 AM

The New York Islanders are beginning a critical nine-game road trip on Tuesday.

The Islanders are just two points behind in the Wild Card race and have played a game less than the primary team they're currently chasing, the Boston Bruins. However, the Islanders have a terrible 7-13-4 road record this season. If this lengthy trip is reflective of their previous struggles, then the Islanders almost certainly won't be making the playoffs.
Feb 21 - 4:54 AM

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy put forth a proposition to include $125M in both of the next two year's in the state's budget to improve the XL Center so the New York Islanders would play there beginning in 2019-2020.

In short, Malloy wishes to use state funding (mostly tax-payer money) to renovate the former home of the Hartford Whalers. Improvements would include adding in a second concourse and raising the seating capacity from 16,000 to 19,000. The facility currently serves multiple capacities since the Whalers left for North Carolina in 1997, including as the University of CT uses it for their basketball and hockey teams and the AHL's Harford Wolf Pack use it as their home arena. Amid all the complicating variables in the Islanders moving to Hartford will be the latter, as the Wolf Park is a NY Rangers' affiliate. Nothing is official yet and the Islanders have time to find, or build, a new home. So take all this with a grain of salt.
Feb 9 - 1:43 PM

The Islanders have improved to 5-0-1 since Doug Weight took over as the team's bench boss.

The Islanders extended that run on Tuesday with a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals. At this stage the Islanders are just three points behind the second Wild Card seed Philadelphia Flyers despite having played in three fewer games. "We’re in the conversation now," Weight said. "Still a long way to go. We’re doing our battling late in games, getting the saves, getting some smart play from all four lines."
Feb 1 - 4:53 AM

Gary Bettman said at the All-Star game that the NHL is committed to the Islanders but not necessarily the Barclay Center.

Rumors have it that the Islander ownership group has looked to build a new arena near Belmont racetrack or Citi Field, home of the Mets. "There are some issues about playing in Barclays, it may be fundamental to the ice system, and that’s not something that can be fixed in the short term," Bettman said. "I think as is prudent, Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky (the Islanders owners) are reviewing the situation and looking very seriously at what their options are." Stay tuned.
Jan 29 - 9:38 AM

With a win on Tuesday, the Islanders have improved to 3-0-1 since Doug Weight took over as the team's head coach.

"We looked like a confident team that has something to prove and somewhere to go," Weight said after a 4-2 victory over Columbus. "Top to bottom, one of our best efforts of the year." It's far too early to say if the Islanders' recent success will be sustained, but it's put them back in the conversation for the playoff race. New York is just four points behind Toronto and the second Wild Card slot, although the Islanders have played in one extra game than the Leafs.
Jan 25 - 5:09 AM

The New York Islanders scored three times on the power play Saturday after going 0-21 entering the game.

Coach Doug Weight was coaching the power play under deposed coach Jack Capuano and took full responsibility for the lack of scoring. "I take a lot of the blame because we had trouble on the entries. They were standing up at the blue line. We pre-scouted and talked about it, but I don’t know that I gave the best remedy for it," Weight said. "It was a good challenge for me and I probably didn’t react well enough. We’ve talked about personnel and I just know we have the skill to do it." Well, he managed to turn it around Saturday and that's good news for the Islanders.
Jan 22 - 8:59 AM

Doug Weight won his debut as a head coach on Thursday.

"Everybody, from 1-20 [players], battled," Weight said. "Everyone we put over the boards in the third battled. That’s what we need. It was a tough couple days and Jack’s a popular coach. I want some swagger and some confidence from these guys. It was a great win." Weight was serving as the team's assistant general manager before Jack Capuano was fired and Weight stepped in to fill that void. Weight is fulfilling this role on an interim basis, so the Islanders' situation will be re-evaluated this summer.
Jan 20 - 11:28 AM

Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight doesn't plan on changing the Islanders' system mid-season.

Weight plans on making some tweaks, but mostly he believes the Islanders can do better within the existing structure. "We need to be a team a little bit more," Weight said. "We’ll talk about our roles and our identity. I get it, I hear it all the time on the TV that we don’t have an identity. Well, we’ll have an identity. We’re going to identify, we’re going to work on a lot of O-zone. I want to play less in our zone. That is my message. And we will." Weight will make his debut as a head coach on Thursday against Dallas. He's replacing the fired Jack Capuano.
Jan 19 - 9:04 AM

Doug Weight will be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame Monday.

It's quite an honor for the forward who retired after the 2010-11 season as he played 19 seasons in the NHL. He finished his career with 278 goals and 755 assists playing for the Rangers, Oilers, Blues, Hurricanes, Ducks and Islanders. Congratulations to Weight on the prestigious honor.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 07:59:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1John Tavares
2Brock Nelson
3Alan Quine
4Casey Cizikas
5Mikhail Grabovski
LW1Andrew Ladd
2Anders Lee
3Anthony Beauvillier
4Nikolay Kulemin
5Shane Prince
RW1Ryan Strome
2Josh Bailey
3Cal Clutterbuck
4Jason Chimera
5Stephen Gionta
D1Johnny Boychuk
2Nick Leddy
3Travis Hamonic
4Thomas Hickey
5Dennis Seidenberg
6Calvin de Haan
7Scott Mayfield
G1Thomas Greiss
2Jaroslav Halak
3Jean-Francois Berube