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A Fresh Start for Rick DiPietro?

From Patrick Hoffman at Canada.com:

While these kinds of injuries would be considered a disappointment for any team/player, DiPietro’s injuries are looked at as being worse due to the fact that the Islanders signed DiPietro to a then record-setting contract for 15-years at $67.5 million in September 2006. For a team that is paying that much money, they are certainly not seeing a return on their investment in DiPietro.

Fast forward to now, the Islanders’ 31-year-old netminder is officially off injured reserve. For the Islanders, this means that DiPietro’s cap hit and salary will recur until the 2020-21 season, unless the team ends up buying him out or there is amnesty, something he talked about with Newsday sports writer Arthur Staple.

Click here for more on the Islanders' fragile netminder.

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Dangerous in the NHL: Goaltenders and Long Term Contracts?

After seeing what the the Philadelphia Flyers did last week, I would have to say yes.

Have NHL general managers not learned anything when it comes to signing goaltenders to ridiculous contracts? Do they not know that often, it is a very bad idea to do so due to things that could happen that are out of their control?

It would appear not since Flyers’ Gm Paul Holmgren went out and signed UFA goaltender Illya Bryzgalov to a 9-year deal. While the Flyers’ may like that they have a potential franchise netminder on their hands, there are a few examples where signing a goaltender to a long-term contract has not worked out as planned.

The first and most obvious example is New York Islanders’ goaltender Rick DiPietro. Back in September of 2006, Islanders’ general manager signed DiPietro to a then oustounding 15-year deal worth $67.5 million.

In return, the Islanders really have not received anything back from DiPietro accept injuries. DiPietro has yet to play a full season since signing the long-term deal and has also yet to return to the form that got him into the NHL in the first place. Overall, it has been a no-win situation for either DiPietro or the Islanders as a whole.

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Looking at Rick DiPietro

From Frank D at From the Rink (Mike Chen’s new abode):

Long-term, big-time contracts will put (and keep) any player in the spotlight. For good or bad, this no doubt subjects a player to endless criticism. Have a good game, and you’re worth every penny. Battle through a slump, and you’re overpaid.

But when that player is repeatedly injured and out of the lineup for months at a time, there is suddenly a new label you can throw into the mix. All the talk of what was accomplished in the past or may be accomplished in the future transcends into one mantra: I guess we’re stuck with him either way.

For Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro, now three seasons into his 15-year, $67.5 million deal, it’s hard to really say where fans stand. After two knee surgeries, two hip surgeries and a concussion or two thrown into the mix, the Islanders faithful have every right to be skeptical.

Click here for more. It will be interesting to see what the Isles’ end up doing with Martin Biron. Dwayne Roloson has certainly earned the right to stay on Long Island with his MVP-like first half of the season.

The question is - will Roloson be happy in a backup role should DiPietro get hot?

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Islanders Ready To Turn the Page

From David Kolb at MaxHockey.com:

The Biron signing tells you nothing about Dipietro’s current or future status, but the decision to bring Biron in after already signing Dwayne Roloson on July 1 simply reflects DiPietro’s track record.

What Islander fans should really take from this signing is that their g.m., Garth Snow both runs the team, and is doing a heck-of-a job doing it. 

With $1.4 million dollars he made a bold statement. 

No longer are the Islanders going to hope their franchise player can carry them, nor will they hold out hope for DiPietro to be a team leader. As a matter of fact, the Isles and fans alike can now enter the 2009-2010 season not even thinking about the whereabouts of the wandering netminder. I mean for God’s sake, a Roloson-Biron tandem is more than adequate for not only cellar dwellers, but for a top quality NHL team as well.

Click here for more on Rick DiPietro and the New York Islanders. It’ll be interesting to see how this pans out come October.

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An Interesting Take on DP

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.

Click here for more on the Isles’ supposed “Franchise” netminder. What do you folks think?

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The Latest Rick DiPietro Rumors

From Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank:

In 2009, it’s impossible for just about anyone to go unnoticed. When you’re Rick DiPietro of the New York Islanders and the U.S. Olympic Team, forget about it. It used to be everyone on Long Island knew someone who knew Bobby Nystrom. Now it seems everyone knows someone who has seen the Islanders’ franchise goalie hopping around the last few weeks.

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