Captain Doug Weight will be returning to the Islanders next season, according to Garth Snow.

Snow said the 1-year deal is "in essence, done" and all that remains to be completed is the bonus structure of the contract.

"I think he's been a great leader in the locker room. To me, with what he played through having a torn labrum and torn rotator cuff, that's a testament to his commitment to the team and his leadership," Snow said.

The 39-year-old Weight, who had 1 goal and 16 assists in 36 games for the Islanders last season, was forced to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery back in March to repair a torn labrum and torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder.

Weight sustained the injuries last November but elected not to undergo immediate surgery. Instead he tried to gut it out to help lead his team to the playoffs.

"I don't think you saw the real Doug Weight," Snow said. "I think you saw Doug Weight playing not even close to the level he's capable."

Snow said that after his discussions with Weight this summer about the veteran center's progress, he is confident about his ability to still contribute.

"There's not only a belief in Doug with himself but a belief from the organization that he's still a player that can produce," Snow said. "The bottom line is he has the intangibles of being a great leader and we believe he can contribute in a positive way."

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