Sunday, July 1, 2001
By Brian A. Shactman
The St. Louis Blues acquired All-Star center Doug Weight from the
Edmonton Oilers on Sunday in exchange for center Jochen Hecht, center
Marty Reasoner and defenseman Jan Horacek.
According to sources within the St. Louis organization, Weight signed
a contract, believed to be a five-year deal. The trade still needs to
be approved by the NHL.
The Blues were weak at center after trading Michal Handzus and
Ladislav Nagy to Phoenix and Craig Conroy to Calgary at the trade
deadline last season. With centers Alexei Yashin, Michael Peca and
Jeremy Roenick already off the market, the Blues were looking to
solidify the position should they lose unrestricted free agent Pierre
Weight was set to be a restricted free agent with arbitration rights.
Had he filed for arbitration, he would have been awarded upwards of
$6 million, making it difficult for the budget-conscious Oilers to
keep him long term.
The 5-foot-11 center scored 25 goals last season and added 65 assists.
Weight, one of the league's premier playmakers, has 647 career points
(180 goals, 467 assists) in 706 games.
Hecht scored 19 goals and added 25 assists in 72 regular-season games
while adding two goals and six points in 15 postseason games.
Reasoner played only 10 games during the regular season, but amassed
three goals and one assist in 10 postseason games.
Horacek is a 6-foot-3 defenseman and was selected by the Blues in the
fourth-round (98th overall) of the 1997 entry draft.
Brian A. Shactman covers the NHL for ESPN.com.