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Bet you can’t guess which Islanders goalie might be headed for injured reserve

Dec 8, 2011, 9:09 AM EDT

Rick DiPietro AP

We’re not going to tell you to stop us if you’ve heard this one before because you’re going to tell us to stop. Isles goalie Rick DiPietro is likely headed for a stint on the IR thanks to a groin issue according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.

It seems cruel to mock DiPietro for continued health issues as he is capable of being a very good goalie when he’s capable of playing. That hasn’t been the case this season, however, as he’s played terribly while watching Al Montoya take the reins as the starter on Long Island. DiPietro’s current injury is made more inconvenient in that Evgeni Nabokov is also banged up leading to Kevin Poulin getting the call from Bridgeport to backup Montoya.

DiPietro gets grief for his forever long contract and being the guy that former Isles GM and NBC maven Mike Milbury traded Roberto Luongo away in favor of. In this case, we’ll just hope that DiPietro can shake things off (again) and be able to play nicely as Montoya’s caddie the rest of the season.

  1. govtminion - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:15 AM


  2. boston25rocketman - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    We could step into a time machine, go 5 years into the future, and this would still be the top story on PHT.

    • danphipps01 - Dec 8, 2011 at 4:22 PM

      I don’t know, I think some Isles fan might just go postal and kill RDP in his sleep or something before then.

  3. spizzjr - Dec 8, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Rickity headed back to the IR shocking…….NOT!

  4. cshearing - Dec 8, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Worst contract ever. Should be the sole grounds used by the NHL to wrest control of the Islanders from Wang.

    • t16rich - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:51 AM

      Islander fans should be the sole reason this team moves. Where are they? Sitting at home talking about the Trottier and Potvin days? I am not saying Wang is the best owner or that Ricks contract is justified. But I do feel Wang has done more for this team and cares more for this team than the fans have recently.

      • bcisleman - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:52 PM

        Don’t think you are being fair to the fans. I have a collection of the ten greatest games in Islander history. Six are from the Dynasty Era, one is the Easter Epic in which the team still had Dynasty players and was still competitive, one was the upset of the Penguins with Al still coaching a team that had been built by Bowtie Bill, and one was the game in which Al was made coach for the evening so he could get his 700th win and 1500th game coached. The only game in the collection without a direct Dynasty connection was the Bates penalty shot game against Toronto. Islander history since the Dynasty Era has been pretty depressing with very few bright spots. Wang and Snow are going about changing that the right way, but it is taking rather a long time so you can’t blame fans for not being inspired.

    • bcisleman - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:35 PM

      The Contract WAS a horrible idea. Any contract longer than 5 years is–at least IMHO. But you have to look at it in context to understand it. NYI fans had just been through–give or take–10 years of Milbury trading away their best prospects and players. This included not only Luongo and Jokinnen, but Palffy, Brewer, Chara, a chance to draft Spezza, and a host of other great prospects and young players. In addition, drafting RDP meant passing on Heatley and Milbury passed on Parise for Robert Nilsson. The Contract was Wang’s misguided effort to reassure fans that the Milbury era was over and the best players and prospects would no longer be traded away. He has supported Snow in doing just that and the NYI now have one of the best prospect systems in the NHL.

  5. drewsylvania - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Groin injury. DiPietro. The jokes don’t even need to be made.

  6. danphipps01 - Dec 8, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Only the Isles can have three NHL-calibre goalies and still need to call someone up from the minors…

    Honestly, though, I can’t even joke about this anymore. I just feel bad for them. They’ve got all these great components to a winning team and then they implode every year hoping RDP will finally become their lasting starter – and then he plays well for a stretch, a light breeze hits him, he’s out for the season and they’re forced to rely on rusty backups. If they played Montoya sixty-plus games they’d be great. Thankfully, it seems like they’ve finally recognized this.

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