Isles sign Weight as help for Guerin

Isles sign Weight as help for Guerin

There are 54 comments on the Newsday story from Jul 2, 2008, titled Isles sign Weight as help for Guerin. In it, Newsday reports that:

As much as it might help the Islanders' young kids to have an experienced hand like 37-year-old center Doug Weight to show them the way, his signing Wednesday might mean a whole lot more to another aging ...

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Andes, NY

#1 Jul 2, 2008
Doug Weight. Wow.


#2 Jul 2, 2008
With all due respect for the player, signing Doug Weight might have been a great idea -- ABOUT TEN YEARS AGO! Now if Snow can just dig up Tony Amonte's agent's number, we could have a line of Weight-Guerin-Amonte. All great players, all American, but unfortunately past their prime.
Jim Johnson

New Milford, CT

#3 Jul 2, 2008
Nice signing by Snow.

It's not going to win us a Cup this year but along with the Streit signing moves the franchise in the right direction. I think this can get us to a top 8 at least and some playoff hockey.

If Weight can produce anything and help bring along Comrie and the offensive the 2Mil will be more than worth it.

Snow in 3 years has proven to be 100x the GM Milbury is. Anyone can spend money in buckets (like the Rangers and that ridiculous Redden signing), but Snow is building this the right way.

I'd like another wing, but it seems we are finally moving in the right direction.
Tom Rooney

Enfield, CT

#4 Jul 2, 2008
This is just another sign to indicate that Snow is a joke. Waste of Time. What about the youth movement, 2 Primary centers over 36 years old. Lucky to get 80 games combined. Still no wingers to score any goals. The NYI's will not see me this year
Tom Rooney

Enfield, CT

#5 Jul 2, 2008
Islander Fans wake up, Steit signing was very good, but again, we had ok defense last year, but now, we have a huge question in goal, and nobody to score any for us. We did not address any real issues from last year, other than PP point man, but without goal scorers, who cares
Vinny Wolf

Monterey Park, CA

#6 Jul 2, 2008
I like what Snow and The Isles are doing.... Bringing in Weight gives them a quality Vetran to help Guerin and Comrie... also he can be a Mentor to the young Isles, since there is an obvious youth movement going on in Long Island...

I know its tough to be MORE patient, but I've seen the Ducks do this for the last 7 years before they picked up Pronger & Co. and they have become quite a Franchise.

Wall e

Hewitt, NJ

#7 Jul 2, 2008
He, He. Another joke move by the snowman. But wait, let's have another night honoring The Architect. And then, we will all celebrate Silly's 2,000th game without a goal. Wow. This season is going to be fun. Okpooso will be a complete bust. Ricky D. will play like a second-stringer, but they'll have to play him because his contract runs until 2099. Whoooeee! Islanders will stink and their fans win be sad, but I will be glad.
Effigy of the Forgotten

Elizabeth, NJ

#8 Jul 2, 2008
How does it feel to have a Ranger draftee on your team ?

I dont think this is a bad pick up. He's cheap and can play a lot of important minutes.

Winter Haven, FL

#9 Jul 2, 2008
Bellmore called, they want their idiot back.

Oh and who have the Rags gotten to replace Jagr and Avery...yeah

Brooklyn, NY

#10 Jul 2, 2008
I know that the Isles are trying to go with youth and don't want to invest heavily right now in free agents, but it just is hard to get excited with what they are doing. Weight would have been a nice signing about 5 years ago. This to me seems to be a way of letting Sillinger have a friend on the team. Lets just hope the Lighthouse project gets approved. If that happens I think Wang will spend some dough. Otherwise we will have difficulty getting to the CBA floor with this lineup.

Philadelphia, PA

#11 Jul 2, 2008
Maybe this year Snow will handle the trading deadline properly, and this signing gives him someone else to move to get draft picks. Think about it -- it's essentially a "free" pick-up and if the Islanders are not looking like a serious contender (which they won't be for a few years) Snow can trade Weight for some picks. If Snow was smart, last year he would have moved some of those UFAs and gotten even more 2d and 3d rounders.
charlie wang wang

New York, NY

#12 Jul 2, 2008
i read that snow signed streit because he is a power play specialist, didnt we just recently sign a guy [bergeron]to fulfill that very role, and then they got rid of him, and saying that weight will help the young players, is just another way of saying that these young players are either too inexperienced, or do not have a future in hockey, in any case its going to be a looonnnggg next 3 years, be patient all you kool aid drinkers, and be prepared for all the taunts,and insults from other fans.
Laughingstock Rags

New York, NY

#13 Jul 2, 2008
How does it feel to have Islander draftee Darius Kasparaitis finally off the books after six years and only a day later you hand another former Islander draftee Wade Redden another joke contract for six year to play for the laughingstock Rags at almost forty million while he's already in decline?
You never learn. One bought cup since 1940. No wonder Bettman wants you out of the NHL for good.
The joke franchise of the NHL.

Northport, NY

#14 Jul 2, 2008
Tom Rooney wrote:
This is just another sign to indicate that Snow is a joke. Waste of Time. What about the youth movement, 2 Primary centers over 36 years old. Lucky to get 80 games combined. Still no wingers to score any goals. The NYI's will not see me this year
WOW do u have any idea what the isles roster is gonna be next year, the weight signing is an excellent one for a couple of reasons, one hopefully it will help Guerin's production, two we just flat out needed a center and i dont know how many guys r interested in comin to LI, and third yes he is old and going against the "Youth movement" but other than the guys we've already seen(Okposo, Comeau, Bergie...)nobody else we have is ready to make an impact right now(especially at center) weight is more or less a stop gap to help us compete while guys develop. It is only a one year deal.
dud dew

Philadelphia, PA

#15 Jul 2, 2008
"This begs the question of whether..."

How 'bout a return to Comp. 101.

How 'bout: "Is it insurance?"
That work?
7 Minute Abs

Freehold, NJ

#16 Jul 2, 2008
Sparky will surely be the most entertaining Islander this coming season

Tempe, AZ

#17 Jul 2, 2008
Sure are lots of armchair GM's out there!

Chappaqua, NY

#18 Jul 2, 2008
This is funny.Who is next Tony Amonte?
7 Minute Abs

Freehold, NJ

#19 Jul 2, 2008
i wonder what kind of fun giveaways they have planned to distract the fans from the mess on the ice.

Coram, NY

#20 Jul 2, 2008
"I'm not looking for the best players. I'm looking for the right ones."
- Herb Brooks

Every team needs to have veteran players to help the younger players develop. The Islanders wont win the cup with FA signings. The Islanders wont win the cup until after the lighthouse project is done. Every team I have ever played on in Lacrosse, Soccer, Hockey, etc. has had older players that help the younger learn and develop. You do not build a team in July. It take good drafts, and then years of development. Mad Mike killed our farm system, either because he was just stupid or because he was instructed by the owners to trade those players. Snow is REBUILDING THE WHOLE SYSTEM! That is what we need right now. We have the coach that can make his players better. We need to have players who will grow in OUR system. This is what is going on. The NYI's will definitely see me this season and for every season after that. Let's remember that this is a game, it is not life and death. If you don't like whats on the ice then do not watch. Just don't turn around years down the road and call yourself a fan. True fans don't run when the team isn't doing poorly. Some of you people make me sick. Let the GM do his job and if you don't like it then apply for the job.

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