New Duck didn't Weight long to accept deal

BRUCE GARRIOCH

, Last Updated: 8:30 AM ET

Doug Weight is settling into his new home with the Anaheim Ducks, but sources say he's not exactly thrilled with the St. Louis Blues.

While Weight has a chance to win a Stanley Cup with the Ducks after being dealt to Anaheim for centre Andy McDonald last week, two league sources confirmed Weight originally balked at the Blues' first request to waive his "no movement" clause.

But, sources say, after being told in a second coversation with Blues GM Larry Pleau that the club had no intention of re-signing him next year and that his role was going to diminish, Weight accepted the deal to the Ducks.

Ideally, Weight, who is making $3.5 million (all terms US), would have liked to have been dealt to the Islanders where he could have been with his buddy Bill Guerin. But the talk is the Isles weren't willing to offer more than a draft pick.

Neither Weight's agent Steve Bartlett nor Blues president John Davidson would comment on the story when contacted by Sun Media on Saturday.

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