**BREAKING NEWS** Isles DiPietro Lost for 4-6 Weeks

Another February, another Rick DiPietro injury debacle.

Excuse me if I sound like a broken record, but Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro will be shelved 4-6 weeks with facial fractures and knee swelling following his fight with Penguins goaltender Brent Johnson.

DiPietro, who was trying to stay healthy for an entire season, (that would have been the first time he would have been able to accomplish this since 2007-2008) has seemingly sabotaged himself this time. Not that I don’t blame him for sticking up for his teammates, but this is the kind of behavior that has gotten him in trouble before.

This injury leaves the Islanders in a huge hole as backup Nathan Lawson is already out 2-4 weeks with a knee injury and Evgeni Nabokov has refused assignment and is under suspension. With only 2 goalies in Bridgeport, the Isles are left with 20 year old Kevin Poulin to do the heavy lifting until Garth Snow can pull a rabbit out of his hat and get himself another goaltender here before tomorrow night (Mike Smith is available in Tampa Bay).

Does this mean that DiPietro’s career is over….no, but it does mean that he will have to endure another season of having to prove he can play more than a few games without injuring himself, and anyone will tell you, I have been a big believer and supporter of Rick during his time here….but I’m even starting to doubt it’s possible.

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  1. Isles27 says:

    First off the 15 year contract is on Wang not DP. Second I’m pretty sure he can stay home and collect paychecks instead of trying these comebacks which have not gone well for him so I won’t attack him for trying to come back. Third the other night the Pitt goalie was the one who came from his end into the Isles end to fight DP it wasn’t like DP was looking to get into a fight so I won’t fault him for the fight especially when we have guys on this team who just stand there and do nothing when one of their teammates takes a cheap shot right in front of their face. Where I do fault him is I think he is too cocky. I also think the Pens were not happy with him because of the game where DP beat them in the shootout and ended Crosby’s streak DP acted like he had just won the Cup when they won that game so I think that’s why they might have been enjoying the KO a little too much. Thank God the Isles aren’t in the playoff race right now so they really don’t need to make any panic moves or do anything foolish that would hurt them long term.

  2. Islander505 says:

    Time for DP to do the right thing and ASK Wang for a buyout.
    Take 1 mill a year DP and GO HOME.

    Isles27, I don’t know what game you were watching the other night, but DP was CLEARLY looking for a fight, starting with the clothesline on Cooke, followed up by DP skating around the fringe of the scrum in the corner looking like he was about to pee his pants, hoping for someone to engage him.

    Johnson accommodated him and the rest is history.

    I just hope Johnson did DP a favor. For Rickety’s sake.

    That game was a microcosm of all that is wrong with DP as an NHL goaltender right now. Two lame goals allowed to start the game, followed up by a DUMB AND STUPID altercation with 10 secs to go, when the Isles are very thin in the goaltending position.

    TIME TO CALL IT A CAREER Rick DiPietro…we hardly knew ya.

    Just my opinion.

    • Isles27 says:

      Do you know anything about Cooke’s history? You don’t think he came so close to the crease on purpose? You don’t think if he didn’t run into DP that he wouldn’t have taken a cheap shot at someone else in the corner. Do yourself a favor since you are not a Pens fan don’t defend Cooke. We have enough pacifists on this team, guys who seem that their gloves are glued onto their hands, to have only 2 guys who play gritty play on your 4th line and get limited minutes while the rest of the team plays soft is not good enough. Funny the night before Poulin gave up a terrible goal and no one said boo the difference was the Isles played a worse team and were able to score 4 goals on them.

  3. RobC/KO21 says:

    Garth should suspend DP

  4. I love to read your posts every day!