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Weight weighs in
Islanders' resident veteran Doug Weight began skating with the team at Iceworks this past week. I caught up with him about his thoughts heading into training camp and this upcoming season:
On his personal preparation heading into training camp( he started skating earlier this summer back home in Michigan, but skated with equipment for the first time this past week):
"The older I get, I try and get as strong as I can before I put the skates on. I don't need four months of skating [in the offseason]. I'm excited to go and get camp started and start unifying as a team. We already have a good nucleus here."
On what he expects from this current group heading into training camp and the upcoming season:
"I think everybody's going to work hard and come in with the attitude of trying to win every game we play. We're not going to get outworked. Excuses aside though, we need to stay healthy. We're going to be young, we need to stay healthy and we need to prove some people wrong, which is a challenge we will welcome and embrace."
On how much injuries made an impact on the outcome of last season:
"On a young team, it's almost irreparable. There's a thin line of confidence when you have a young team, and last year we didn't have a lot of depth. So when you lose guys to injuries, it's tough."
On how he'll take on a leadership role this season:
"I'm not going to change who I am. I'll say things when it's needed. I'm not afraid to do that. But, the main thing is, I have a lot of respect for these young guys and the way they play. Hopefully they have that same respect for me."
On the importance of keeping things upbeat:
"I want a real positive feeling in the room. Things got pretty bad at one point last year. Face it, losing sucks."
On what he envisions this year:
"We're going to be a hard-working team and hopefully stay healthy, but we are going to win more games than we did last year."
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