Last year, the Islanders were ready to trade Weight by January. The only thing that kept him on Long Island was shoulder surgery that made him untradeable.
That’s the thing about playing for the Islanders. If you’re any kind of solid player without a crazy contract, the second the team starts to tank, you’re going to find yourself on the trading block.
Weight is an older guy (39) with a family. I’m not sure why he would re-up into a situation where it seems likely the team will eventually try to move him. It’s not a given, but if Weight is playing well and the Islanders are out of the playoff picture, there will definitely be a market for a steady veteran like Weight.
Of course, one might see another Long Island tour as Weight’s vote of confidence in the Islanders. Maybe he thinks this year’s version will be competitive and will even make a run into the playoffs.
I suspect after watching the Flyers almost run away with the Cup, a lot of teams that didn’t have great regular seasons are suddenly wondering if they have the same kind of secret reserve of grit and talent to make a serious Cup run, were they to make it into the playoffs.
Whatever his motivations, Weight is signing up for another stint with a fixer-upper kind of team, that also seems likely to trade him away.
It’s an odd move for Weight, but he seems very committed to turning around the Islanders. Or maybe he’s just trying to work his way back to Missouri.
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