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Weight returns to Blues with multiyear deal

7/3/2006 - NHL Doug Weight St. Louis Blues + more

ST. LOUIS -- Doug Weight is bringing his Stanley Cup ring
back to St. Louis.

The center signed a multiyear deal with the Blues on Sunday, six
months after they traded him to the eventual Stanley Cup champion
Carolina Hurricanes.

Weight was part of the Blues' payroll purge that helped
facilitate the team's sale. With John Davidson now in place as club
president, Weight returned to the team with whom he spent most of
the past four seasons.

"We are bringing back a player that loves the city of St. Louis
and the Blues organization," Davidson said. "He's a Stanley Cup
winner and will be a key part of this team moving forward."

Weight, 35, is a four-time All-Star and has played in 982 career
NHL games, with 885 points and 809 penalty minutes. He played with
St. Louis from 2001 until this January when he was sent to the
Hurricanes for draft picks.

He had three goals and 13 assists in the first 23 games of
Carolina's run to the title but missed the final two contests in
the Stanley Cup finals after he separated his right shoulder in
Game 5 against the Edmonton Oilers.

Weight isn't the only person returning St. Louis. Davidson
announced Sunday that coach Mike Kitchen will be back behind the
bench for his second full season with the Blues.

"His work last season during a difficult time proved his
strengths and abilities as a head coach in the National Hockey
League," said Davidson, who gave Kitchen a multiyear deal. "We
believe he is the perfect fit to coach our team."

Kitchen took over as coach in February 2004, replacing the fired
Joel Quenneville, and guided the Blues to a 10-7-4 mark and their
25th consecutive playoff appearance. That streak ended this season
when St. Louis went 21-46-15 and finished with an NHL-low 57
points.