Rick DiPietro learned that his season was over today as he will need to have sports hernia surgery. He has been out since December 3rd, when he suffered a groin injury in a game versus the Dallas Stars. The injury kept nagging him and the more serious sports hernia was recently found by team doctors.
This is awful news for Rick DiPietro. The last four seasons have been nothing but injuries for him. In the 2008-2009 season, DiPietro played 63 games after having multiple surgeries on his right knee. Coming back halfway through the 2009-2010 season, DiPietro started just 5 games before swelling in his left knee kept him out for the remainder of the season. In the 2010-2011 season, he was considered the backup to Dwayne Roloson, but soon got his starting job back after Roloson was moved to Tampa. In a fight against Brent Johnson, a punch causing several facial fractures and he missed over a month. DiPietro ended up playing in 8 games that season.
This season started no differently. Just two games into the season, DiPietro was concussed in practice after taking a Brian Rolston shot to the mask. He returned in October and started 26 games before the groin injury on December 3rd.
The Islanders should start to question signing DiPietro to a 15 year, $67.5M contract. The first three years of the contract proved out well but took a turn after that. In the past three seasons, DiPietro has played in a total of 39 games. Tons of money wasted those years.
The Islanders will be hurt by the loss of DiPietro but should be used to it by now. The tandem of Al Montoya and Evgeni Nabokov will provide solid goaltending. They are 15th in the Eastern Conference and 10 points out of the playoff picture. John Tavares will need to step up big if the Islanders have any hope of climbing up the standings.
More to Come..
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