RALEIGH, N.C.—Islanders assistant coach Doug Weight occasionally tells players about the amazing possibilities that sacrifice and humility can offer. Saturday night, he got to show them, as he was among the honorees as the Hurricanes celebrated the 10th anniversary of their 2006 Stanley Cup.
Weight, also an Islanders assistant general manager, was on that team for only a few months, but he said, “There’s still that underlying connection that is just so special.” And it is indelible, as is his name on the Cup, which was here this weekend.
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He does talk to the current Islanders about the time he waived his no-trade clause from the Blues and landed in Carolina on Jan. 30. Just recently, he spoke to the team about the leadership of Rod Brind’Amour, the Hurricanes captain, who took Weight aside and said, “You’re a hell of a player, you’re going to fit in here—or you’re not going to play. I think the world of you. But this is how it’s going to be with this team.”
Weight recalled his reply this way: “I’m here to fit, whether it’s the first power play, second power play, third power play or first line, second line, third line or fourth line. I’m going to play my butt off.”
The result was a ring that he rarely wears, but he did have it on Saturday night. He hopes it will be an inspiration.
“You don’t live in the past,” he said, “but you learn from experiences, and you share those.”
Halak starts in goal, continuing rotation
Jaroslav Halak started in goal for the Islanders Saturday night, continuing an unofficial rotation with Thomas Greiss. Jack Capuano did not tip his hand about whether he will continue that, but he is pleased that the Islanders rank near the top of the league in goalie tandem statistics. “How many times have we had that since I’ve been here? We’ve always been at the bottom of the league,” the coach said. “For two goalies to have the save percentage that they have and are playing well, that’s a luxury that we have. But it’s crucial that we get timely goaltending down the stretch.”