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Weight’s long career started in New York, with the Rangers in 1991. He spent parts of nine seasons with the Edmonton Oilers and became a star there, posting 104 points in 1995-96, including a career-best 79 assists. After a stay of three-plus seasons with the St. Louis Blues, Weight was dealt to Carolina in January 2006. He helped the Hurricanes win the Stanley Cup before returning to St. Louis in the offseason.

Weight was traded again by the Blues in 2007 to Anaheim and then signed with the Islanders the following summer. He joined longtime friend and fellow American star Guerin, who was New York’s captain at the time.

Guerin and Weight were teammates often along the way, most notably in Edmonton, St. Louis and on U.S. teams. Their reunion in New York was short as Guerin was traded to Pittsburgh in March 2009 during their first season together. Weight took over as captain in the 2009-10 season.

“He could make plays, he could score goals, he could stand up for his teammates in the dressing room, he could take control at any time,” said Guerin, who ended his 18-year career in December. “You hope that what you bring rubs off on the guys who are going to be carrying the torch. I like to feel that I had some influence on some of the younger players, and I know for sure Doug did.”

Weight, chosen by the Rangers with the 34th pick in the 1990 draft, made his NHL debut in 1991. He began preparing for his post-playing career last season, spending some games behind the bench alongside coach Jack Capuano.

“Just the five games last season I stood on the bench helped me immensely,” Weight said. “It’s going to be an easy transition for me.”

Weight has served as a mentor to 2009 No. 1 overall pick John Tavares, the Islanders‘ franchise player who has spent two seasons in the NHL. Tavares and forward Matt Moulson lived with Weight’s family as they got acclimated to the NHL.

“It’s going to be a little different, but we got a taste for it at the end of the year,” Tavares said. “He’s got great insight. With his experience and playing in big situations and crucial games, a lot of that stuff will come into play.”