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Isles' DiPietro out indefinitely with concussion

Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:37 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2011 2:50 pm
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By Brian Stubits

At what point do you begin to feel sorry for Rick DiPietro? I mean, if there were ever a goalie that fit the old saying "if it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all" it's him.

The injury-riddled goaltender for the Islanders is out again. He did not dress in the Islanders' romping of the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-1 on Thursday night after taking a puck to the head in practice the day before. On Friday the team announced he's going to be out for longer as he suffered a concussion on the play. There is no timetable for his return.

As we have learned, there's no idea to know how long it will be until DiPietro might play again. Concussions are finnicky that way.

"You feel for him. The last couple of years it's been a lot for him," Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said when asked about his fellow New York-area netminder. "When you are hurt that much it's also really tough on you mentally to all the time having to start over and rehab"

Yesterday we detailed some of the struggles that DiPietro has undergone. In the past three seasons, he has played in only 39 games. For the non-math whizzes out there, that's only 13 games per season. When you consider he has a contract for $4.5 million a year (that runs through 2021), that's nearly $350,000 per game played in that time.

Good thing the Islanders were carrying three goalies on their roster, huh? Al Montoya was a somewhat surprising opening-night starter, but he has been terrific in the Islanders' three games, giving up a total of four goals. There's a completely capable backup behind him in veteran Evgeni Nabokov.

I don't know about you, but I feel for the guy and am almost at the point of rooting for DiPietro. The expectations on him were placed mighty high when New York drafted him No. 1 overall, made room for him by sending out Roberto Luongo and then gave him a monstrous contract.

His injury woes are almost beyond jokes at this point. The way I see it, I'd like to see DiPietro remain healthy long enough to play extended time. If he falls flat on his face then, that's on him. But I'd just like to see him get the chance one way or the other.

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Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 10:05 pm
 

Isles' DiPietro out indefinitely with concussion

Feel sorry for DiPietro ?!?  The guy is probably laughing all the way to the bank.  Seriously, after Roberto Luongo sustains some nasty back / groin / head injury, the two of them will probably get drunk every night.  They'll probably give a nice kickback to Garth Snow though...



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Isles' DiPietro out indefinitely with concussion

This is like a bad relationship with an ex that just wont go away.

A goalie with bad hips, bad knee's and now conscussions? That pretty much three out of the four horsemen of the goalie apocolypse, the 4th being the dreaded pulled groin.

I know its tough with so much invested in this guy, but the Isles should place him on waivers and then send him to the minors. 
Not as a banishment (aka- Wade Redden). But to actually see if he can actually spend a full season down there without getting hurt ..totally forget him for 2011-2012 and  2012-2013....send him to the farm until he can get himself together, or call it quits. If he can come back with full health for 2013-2014, he would still have a  lot of years left. If he cant then end the relationship.

There are better options out there...the Isles are no where near needing the cap space, so I think its a no-brainer.




Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: October 14, 2011 4:31 pm
 

Isles' DiPietro out indefinitely with concussion

And I thought Hemsky was made of glass.  This guy is made of wet paper towel

Bahahahahaha!!!  Exactly!  He's hurt more than Gaborik...



Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 4:12 pm
 

Isles' DiPietro out indefinitely with concussion

And I thought Hemsky was made of glass.  This guy is made of wet paper towel



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 3:40 pm
 

Isles' DiPietro out indefinitely with concussion

You gotta feel for him. But at the same time, he's probably forced people to let him play too soon after some of his injuries. But his NHL carees just isnt meant to be. He should allow a buyout from the Islanders and let them give him a job within the organization. At this point as an Isles fan, I feel really bad for the guy that his body and injuries just kept him from playing or being able to play most of the time. But then again he does have a FAT contract to support him for the rest of his life.



Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:52 pm
 

Isles' DiPietro out indefinitely with concussion

Only a piece of shit Penguins fan would have the balls to come and berate a player with a concussion. But I guess we are all supposeed to cry & root for poor Sidney right?



Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:02 pm
 

Isles' DiPietro out indefinitely with concussion

Yeah, let's get him back on the ice so the Penguins' back-up goaltender can drop him with 1 punch again.  It took him weeks to recover from that goalie punch, so I imagine a puck to the head could put him out for years.



Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: October 14, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Isles' DiPietro out indefinitely with concussion

Earlier in his career, he had concussion problems.  Then, starting in 2008 (during All-Star weekend, no less), he started having knee problems.  Finally, after years of rehab, his knees seem to be getting better and now he's had two concussions in 8 months.  I think it is now time to put an end to the snickering about this guy's contract and just root for him to get back on the ice, whether you're an Isles fan or not.  



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 1:19 pm
 

Isles' DiPietro out indefinitely with concussion

If this guy was a horse he would have been put out of his misery a long time ago.  I really feel sorry for the guy (well except for the huge guaranteed contract), he has had a horrible run of luck.  I'd like to see what he could do if he could put together a full season with a decent team in front of him.



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 1:13 pm
 

Isles' DiPietro out indefinitely with concussion

This is just another injury in a long list of injuries. This really is bad luck.


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