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Visiting Players May Know Little of Long Island...

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but a little knowledge has influenced players to sign here. We aren't actually the joke the media sometimes wants us to be. Some quotes: Weight--"You’d be surprised how little I knew," Weight said. "When I played with the Rangers, I was just outside the city and most of my affairs were in the city. I knew what everyone else knew. I stayed in the hotel and I went and played the game, and generally we were right out after the game, so I didn’t know much about the Island." Not long after signing with the Islanders that summer, Weight, along with his wife and three kids, fell in love with the area. "Shortly after coming here, I realized that there was a lot more to the Island than just the middle of it," Weight said. "Where we live on the north shore, there are so many family-owned businesses and restaurants. Everything you need to do, you can do within your little one or two towns that you live near. I love the feel of the north shore. It’s just a great place. And to have the city of New York, Manhattan, which I love going into, just 35 minutes away – it’s pretty exceptional." Nabokov--"The family was enjoying their time here," Nabokov said. "The kids liked it, so it was a pretty easy decision. When I signed the extension, I did so because the Islanders organization is headed in the right direction and I feel like I can help." For Nabokov, moving his family 3,000 miles from San Jose was a big step, and he had to make sure it was the right decision for everyone. "When you have kids, the most important question is always, ‘How are the schools there and what can the kids do around the area," Nabokov said. "It’s been great. The schools have been great. We’ve driven to New York and enjoyed ourselves out there." **** I just wanted to share this article because sometimes we forget why guys sign here.

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