Report: Doug Weight eyes retirement

Updated: March 29, 2011, 5:04 PM ET
ESPNNewYork.com

New York Islanders captain Doug Weight said Tuesday he will not return this season and is leaning toward retirement, according to Newsday.

Weight has not played a game since Nov. 17 because of nerve damage in his back and muscle atrophy in his left leg, according to the report. The 40-year-old was playing in his 20th NHL season and his third with the Islanders. He has 278 goals and 1,033 points in 1,238 career games.

Also on Tuesday, the Islanders announced they agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension with goalie Al Montoya.

Montoya, 26, was acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes on Feb. 9 after injuries ravaged the Islanders' goalie corps. Rick DiPietro was injured in a one-punch fight with Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Brent Johnson. Then, backups Nathan Lawson and Kevin Poulin suffered knee injuries. In addition, Evgeni Nabokov refused to report to New York after the Islanders claimed him off waivers.

Montoya played in 17 games this season, starting 15, and had an 8-4-4 record with a 2.35 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage.

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