Rick DiPietro Shelved for the Season


The New York Islanders brief playoff hopes took a huge hit on Tuesday when it was announced that their star goalie Rick DiPietro wouldn’t be back until next fall at training camp.

This former Islanders 2000 first round draft choice, who was tabbed as a future superstar has been plagued by serious knee and hip injuries ever since signing a much talked about 15 year 67.5 million contract with New York a couple of years ago.

“This has been one of the most frustrating situations I have ever had to deal with, but this is the right decision for me and the team,” said DiPietro who has played in only five games this season. “I am confident this will allow me to make a complete recovery, be ready in plenty of time for next season and compete to my highest ability for many years to come.”

In a span of one year, this 27 year-old has had to endure three operations including one to the hip last March and this past October in the knee to repair some torn meniscus. 

According to the team, DiPietro who has 117 wins in his career has recently been experiencing some serious swelling in the knee that has shut down the star goalie.

“After extensive consultation we feel this decision is in the best interest for Rick and the team,” said Islanders GM Garth Snow. “This will allow Rick ample time to make a full recovery for next year.”  



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