by Patrick Hoffman on 07/22/09 at 01:47 PM ET
From Chris Botta at NYI Point Blank:
Consider this our injured goalie version of John Tavares-Victor Hedman-Matt Duchene, except this will be our one and only segment.
* DiPietro will not begin skating in early August. In fact, he may not even begin light skating on his own until late August at the earliest.
* As the team has said, he absolutely will be with the team for training camp in Saskatoon. Note that the Islanders never said anything about being a regular participant. I don’t expect DiPietro to take part in any Saskatchewan scrimmages or pre-season games. You’ll more likely read about him in Newsday working one-on-one with his goalie coaches.
To summarize, I guess what I’m saying is the original Islanders timeline, which the club had starting in August, will likely be pushed back at least one month. This is no longer Rick DiPietro’s team, and that’s good for everybody - especially Rick DiPietro.
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