NEW YORK – The New York Islanders agreed to terms Wednesday with veteran forward Doug Weight on a one-year deal worth US$1.75 million plus incentives.
The 37-year-old centre, who had 10 goals and 15 assists in 67 games with the St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks last season, is the second free agent signing by the Islanders since bidding got under way on Tuesday. New York inked defenceman Mark Streit a day earlier to a five-year, $20.5-million deal.
Weight is a four-time all-star who was a member of the Carolina Hurricanes’ team that captured the Stanley Cup in 2006. He has 265 NHL goals and 969 points in 1,131 career games over 16 seasons.
“Bringing Doug aboard was a priority for us,” Islanders general manager Garth Snow said in a statement. “He not only brings a wealth of NHL games and experience with him, but he’s the type of player we want our younger players to learn from.”
He had three goals and 13 assists in 23 playoff games during the championship run with Carolina, after being acquired by the Hurricanes at the trade deadline, and famously struggled to raise the Cup despite a painful separated shoulder that knocked him out of the last two games of the finals.
Weight, a native of Warren, Mich., was on the U.S. Olympic team in 1998 and 2002 and was a teammate with current Islanders captain Bill Guerin. He ranks eighth among active NHL players with 704 assists and 12th in points.
He is also fifth in assists among active U.S.-born players and eighth in points.
The Islanders also announced the signing Wednesday of goalie Yann Danis to a one-year, two-way contract. Danis, who starred at Brown University, is 81-67-18 in 176 career AHL games with a 2.78 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage.