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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