Injured captain Doug Weight said his time behind the Islanders’ bench at the end of the season was eye-opening, and not just because of the player-coach role reversal.
With a first-hand glimpse of what the coaches deal with on a nightly basis, Weight said he was very upset with the officiating.
“We know it’s not a crooked league, but the point is there is a bias,” said the 40-year-old veteran, who was limited to only 18 games this season because of a back injury.
Weight said he believed the team’s relative inexperience and spot in the standings were factors in the unfair treatment.
“It was pretty evident that the games in [the officials] minds weren’t important to us,” Weight said.
Weight thought the team’s involvement in February’s Friday Night FightFest against the Penguins at Nassau Coliseum two months ago was held against them as well.
During that 9-3 rout of the Penguins February 11, the two teams combined for a franchise record-setting 346 penalty minutes, 11 game misconducts and 15 fighting majors. Both Trevor Gillies and Matt Martin received suspensions and the Islanders were levied a $100,00 fine.
“I just wanted to say that it wasn’t warranted,” explained Weight, who is still leaning toward retirement. “We played hard all year, had a couple of physical battles and it got blown out of proportion.”
Weight said he will take the next three to five weeks to mull his future plans but is still leaning toward retirement.