New York Islanders center Doug Weight is enjoying a bounce-back season despite the struggles of his young, rebuilding club. He leads the Isles in points (29) and his minus-11 is obviously more a reflection of his team’s poor defensive play than his own. Dan Martin in today’s New York Post reported that the solid numbers plus Weight’s age and contract (he’s signed for just this season) could make him a target of trade rumors. However, Weight says he’s content to stay on Long Island.
MK: What else is Weight going to say? He’s too classy to ask out. But any player that truly doesn’t want to go to a contending team probably should hang them up.
If the Boston Bruins are forced to place Marco Sturm and/or Patrice Bergeron on long-term injures reserve at some point, the 38-year-old Weight would be a great trade target. His $4.3 million doesn’t fit under the Bruins’ cap as currently constituted, but he’d be the perfect rental player for a team looking to end a more-than-three-decade-long Stanley Cup drought — especially considering the extra jump he seems to have in his step right now. Obviously, acquiring Weight — or a player like him — will become more of a necessity should Bergeron not be able to return to full health. While most Bruins fans obviously don’t want to think about Bergeron replacements and would rather see him just get back in the line-up, remember that Weight was a good-luck charm of sorts for the ’06 Cup-winning Carolina team that acquired him at the deadline.