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by Paul on 04/07/12 at 01:41 PM ET
from Dave Caldwell of the New York Times,
Rick DiPietro, the oft-injured, 30-year-old goaltender still only six years into a 15-year, $67.5 million contract, would not play in the team’s 5-4 victory over Winnipeg, and he will not play in the season finale Saturday in Columbus. He appeared in only eight games this season.
DiPietro did not play at all after having sports hernia surgery in January, but he has recovered and has resumed working out with Mike Dunham, the goaltender coach. He said he feels fantastic, good enough to play in a game and eager for training camp.
“I talked to Snowy about maybe putting me in some bubble wrap throughout the summer to make sure nothing happens,” DiPietro said, referring to General Manager Garth Snow. He added: “I wish the season could start right now.”
Later, he said: “I’ve had every joint and ligament surgically repaired. There’s not much left to do, so, hopefully, this is the last one, and that’s it.”
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