Weight in 1999-2000. Photo courtesy MSN Canada

Happy Trails, Doug Weight

Former Oilers captain Doug Weight is finally throwing in the towel after nineteen NHL seasons, nine with the Oilers.

Weight spent two seasons with the New York Rangers in the early 90s, but it was his time with the Oilers that made him a regular name within the league.  Weight’s greatest asset was his playmaking ability – although he  did end up with 278 career goals, he finished with 755 career assists, putting him over the 1000 career point mark while captaining the New York Islanders.

Nearing the end of the 92-93 season, Weight was dealt to the Oilers for Esa Tikkanen, who I believe had three go-rounds with the Rangers.  Coincidentally, Weight had three tours of duty with the St. Louis Blues.

Weight’s career year was 1995-96, where he finished with 25G-79A for 104 total points.

Weight’s silver moment with the Oilers came in the 1997 Western Conference Quarter Finals, where he and the underdog Oilers upset the powerful Dallas Stars.  After a gonzo save by Curtis Joseph, it was Weight who found a streaking Todd Marchant who deposited the pellet behind Stars goaltender Andy Moog for the overtime series victory.

Weight was dealt to St. Louis prior to the 2001-02 season where he would spend the next four and a half playing seasons, then somehow he’d find himself on a Hurricanes squad that would defeat the Oilers in the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals, a series that saw Weight suffer a shoulder injury in the fifth game. Another run with St. Louis in 2006-07, a cup of coffee in Anaheim, and a third get together with the Blues would then see him off to Long Island, where he played in parts of three seasons.

Glad to see Weight got himself a Stanley Cup in ’06.  Not really thrilled it came while he was wearing a Carolina sweater.  Even less thrilled that it was against…well, you know.

Doug Weight was quite possibly the best Oiler we’ve seen over the last twenty years.  Always a threat to put one by the goaltender, yet more likely to scoot the biscuit into a teacup.  According to the press conference that was held less than an hour ago, Weight will remain with the Islanders as a “special assistant to the GM”.  Can’t really imagine what that would entail.  Beignet, sir?

Let’s watch the Marchant goal.  For your pleasure, there’s “that save” before the goal.

Yes, America.  That is the NHL on ESPN.

Happy Trails, Doug Weight.

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