23 Intently Staring Goalies
by lsefton on 02/22/13 at 12:00 PM ET
A couple of thoughts about putting DiPietro on waivers:
A while back, and in another sport, the San Francisco 49ers signed their quarterbacks to long term contracts, both partially to lock them in, and also to backload the contract. This meant that San Francisco was going to pay out more money as Montana and/or Young came to the end of their contracts, even if they wren't playing. This ended up burning the San Francisco franchise over a number of seasons. You'd think that other franchise owners would have paid attention and said "nope, don't want to do that". The DiPietro long-term contract has had the extra added flavor of DiPietro seeming to spend more time on the IR than in the net.
It's a harsh thing to say, but having a player on an ultra-long term contract who spends a lot of time injured, and who doesn't end his career by injury is the worst possible outcome for the franchise.
Given that the Islanders just acquired Tim Thomas's contract to allow them to make the salary floor, waiving DiPietro, while relieving them of some of his contract payout, has them back toward the contract floor. I wouldn't be surprised if this is the first of a set of coordinated moves to bring on some new players, or make trades to try and bolster their team. It doesn't make a lot of sense for this to be happening in a vacuum, but hey, these are the Islanders….
TSN reports on waiving DiPietro:
The next stop in the career of 31-year-old Rick DiPietro could be the American Hockey League.
According to an online report from Newsday, the New York Islanders are reportedly set to put the goaltender on waivers Friday afternoon for the purposes of demoting him to the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The team is expected to recall Kevin Poulin to take his roster spot once DiPietro clears waivers or is claimed.
DiPietro has appeared in three games with the Isles this season, posting an 0-3 record and a save percentage of just .855.
The Islanders famously selected DiPietro first overall at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, despite having drafted Roberto Luongo with the fourth overall pick just three years prior in 1997. The team would deal Luongo to the Florida Panthers along with Olli Jokinen in exchange for Oleg Kvasha andMark Parrish on the same day.
In 2006, the Islanders signed DiPietro to a 15-year, $67.5-million contract. While he would enjoy the best season of his career in 2006-07, posting a 32-19-9 record with a .919 save percentage and leading the Islanders to their only post-season appearance over the last seven seasons.
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About 23 Intently Staring Goalies
23 Intently Staring Goalies comes from the 23 close-up photos of goalies that used to line the walls of my office.
On the good side, it kept down interruptions, but it also made sure I had to leave my trash outside my door if I wanted it picked up.
I've been watching and analyzing goaltenders for going on 40 years. Some of that was spent drawing goalies on my grade 8 math homework. Then it was taking my card decks and printouts to Indianapolis Racer games. Luckily, the Internet took off, and by 1991 I was half of the duo that would ultimately become the Plaidworks hockey mailing lists. I wrote "Handicapping the Goalies' for the San Jose Sharks mailing list, and took a lot of photos of goalies in action. I have around 5000 slides of mostly goaltenders in action from 1989 through 2001 from the WHL, IHL and NHL. Since I've gone digital, I've added about 10,000 more images to the library. During summers and when the league went dark, I was reading through multiple SF By area news papers, tracking ice hockey from the 1917 recreational leagues up through the California Seals.
We'll be talking about goalies and goaltending. We'll talk about whats going on now, who's in the system, and when the doldrums hit, I'll haul something out of the big bag of history, or something from the photo archives. We'll talk about who's hot and why, and who's not and what they can do to get back on track. We'll take a look at the trends in scouting goalies, and why a style may work for one team but not another. I'll battle with my dictation software to get it to understand Bryzgalov and Bobrovsky.
It should be interesting--hope you want to come along for the ride!