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Rick DiPietro’s out indefinitely with concussion

Oct 14, 2011, 12:26 PM EDT

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A lot of people will laugh when they hear the news from Brian Compton and other sources that Rick DiPietro is dealing with a concussion after getting hit in the mask with a shot during a New York Islanders practice. Others might acknowledge a situation that might have been amusing in its Wile E. Coyote-like stream of calamities, but is now just growing sad. Reports indicate that here’s no timetable for DiPietro’s recovery.

DiPietro’s list of injuries is almost as long as his much-ridiculed contract. In the last three seasons, he’s been limited to just 39 games played. There was the hope that this year might be different because he didn’t undergo any off-season surgeries, but that’s clearly not the case now.

Obviously, this simplifies the Islanders’ goalie choices down to Al Montoya and Evgeni Nabokov, unless Kevin Poulin forces himself back into the mix. We’ll pass along updates as he tries to recover from another troubling injury.

  1. spizzjr - Oct 14, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    AL MONTOYA :)!!!!!!!!! just retire dipietro do the organization a favor

  2. davebrownspiral - Oct 14, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    As an Islanders fan, and as terrible as this sounds, I was rooting for this. Not that I wish injury on a guy, but at this point you just want Dipietro to go away. At best he’s a mediocre goalie, and he’s become a distraction on a young team that is poised to be a pretty good this year. It’s almost a relief that he’s hurt, as it allows Montoya to take the job and run with it.

    • bcisleman - Oct 14, 2011 at 3:01 PM

      It sounds terrible because it is terrible. A relief that he’s hurt? Have a little humanity. I think that RDP probably should retire…but it isn’t a relief…it’s sad. I feel bad for the guy, but its time for him and the organization to move on.

      If there was any question about who the #1 goalie is, this should end it. Nabby will, of course, be the backup and this should give the NYI a chance to showcase him for a trade and eventually make one of the prospects a backup.

  3. jpelle82 - Oct 14, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    career over

  4. cosanostra71 - Oct 14, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    feel bad for the guy

  5. spizzjr - Oct 14, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    You feel bad for a man who sits on the couch knowing he has 60 million dollars on the way? Cuz I sure don’t!

    • lewdood - Oct 14, 2011 at 4:16 PM

      I feel bad for him. You ever have a concussion, let alone multiple concussions? You know how awful you feel physically and mentally?

      How about this — are you good at your job? Is it what you’ve worked all your life to be? If it is, how would you feel if you were unable to EVER do that again?

      Yeah, the money is good (if he receives it all), but to be that broken so early and so regularly in a career is just terrible.

      I actually knew Rick a little when he was at BU, and he was such a really happy kid and it was so great to see him get picked #1 with so much promise. Seeing his career play out like this has been just horrible, though.

  6. spizzjr - Oct 14, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    You feel bad for a man who sits on the couch knowing he has 60 million dollars on the way? Cuz I sure don’t!

  7. cerowb - Oct 14, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    I can see both sides of this argument. As an Islanders fan myself, I can absolutely identify with the feeling of “relief” which was posted before. Granted, it’s a poor choice of words and you never want a player, whether it is one of your own or an opponent, to get hurt, I can’t deny that the team is better off without DP in the picture. This will give Montoya time to continue his solid play and gain confidence without constantly looking over his shoulder. Nabakov will get some time as well, which could showcase him for a trade if they decide to go that route. You hate to see him hurt, but I really believe that it benefits the team, as cruel as that sounds.

    And yes, I absolutely feel terrible for the guy. I know he makes a lot of money but that’s not a reason to hate the guy. What was he supposed to do, turn it down? It’s tough to swallow, because you know deep down he’s just a kid who wants to play hockey. I’m sure he dreamed of being an NHL goalie all his life, and his worked so hard to get to this point. To have it taken away from you due to these fluke injuries is just sad, and no amount of money, regardless of how much you make, is going to make up for not being able to do what you love.

  8. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 14, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    I remember seeing something on here before the start of the season about how DiPietro was feeling better than ever and I couldn’t help but laugh. I do feel bad for the guy though. He has a bright career ahead of him in goaltending, but as a coach rather than a player

  9. kappy32 - Oct 14, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Luck is the keyword here. I always felt DiPietro was milking his knee injuries a bit over the past couple seasons because after that monster, never to be give again contract for 15 years, he didn’t have any incentive to get back on the ice until every ache & pain in his knee was completely gone. This concussion, however, is different. After suffering 2 concussions over a year from 2008-2009, DP went back to using the conventional, Glenn Healy-type helmet & mask. His helmet was specially designed for him & added extra protection for blows to the head. For those of you who remember those masks, they don’t cover nearly as much as the new, graffiti-filled ones. Well, based upon reports From those who were at the practice yesterday, DP took a hard slapshot from Brian Rolston right to the temple. Rolston has one of the hardest, albeit not very accurate, shots in the game and the side of DPs helmet shattered upon impact. With all that took place, luck is the operative word, but I’d certainly change it to “bad luck” for both DP & the Islanders. Say all you want about Montoya & his early season hot streak, he is not a better goalie than DP. When the Islanders were at their best over the past 5 years, making the playoffs & actually winning, they did it behind DP with a not very talented offense. In my opinion, Cappy’s move to start Montoya was nothing more than to motivate DP to pick up his play & eventually DP would have been out there just about every night. Montoya is not going to hold up all year as a #1, mark my words, because if he was suited for it he would have gotten a chance before this. Eventually this team is going to miss DP if this becomes a long-term absence. Get well soon, buddy.

  10. donttouchthedirtypenny - Oct 14, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Must still have cobwebs from the Brent Johnson left.

  11. braddavery - Oct 15, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    I feel for the guy, but he simply needs to retire and give-up his contract. He’s hurting his team more than helping at this point.

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