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DiPietro to have surgery, season likely over

Jan 13, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

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Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro will have surgery Tuesday to repair a sports hernia. His season is likely over.

According to Newsday’s Arthur Staple, the “best-case scenario” is that DiPietro is back by the beginning of the April. Given the Isles are last in the Eastern Conference and 10 points out of a playoff spot, well, you do the math.

DiPietro’s appeared in just eight games this season, compiling a 3-2-3 record with a 3.73 goals-against average and .876 save percentage. Over his last four injury-ravaged seasons, he’s made just 47 appearances for the Islanders.

Despite yet another setback in a once-promising career, the former first overall pick, now 30 years old, told Newsday he has no plans to retire.

“Nothing like that has even crossed my mind,” DiPietro said. “I know I can play.”

DiPietro is signed until the end of 2020-21. His cap hit is $4.5 million.

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  1. davebabychreturns - Jan 13, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Yeah Rick DiPietro won’t retire because he’s still capable of playing, oh yeah and because he probably doesn’t want to give up the $40m he is owed over the next nine years.

    • abrienza428 - Jan 13, 2012 at 6:32 PM

      Seriously, how does somebody get hurt so much?

    • bcisleman - Jan 13, 2012 at 9:19 PM

      In fairness to Rick, that’s not a factor. If he retires due to injury, insurance pays him his money.

  2. tmjm621 - Jan 13, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    You have GOT to be freakin kidding me…..unbelievable. Worthless, downright worthless

  3. barkar942 - Jan 13, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Maybe they can fire Snow and make him GM- oh wait- this would just be a repeat of the Neil Smith- Garth snow deal!
    I wonder if an insurance policy keeps paying him?

    • bcisleman - Jan 13, 2012 at 9:21 PM

      Insurance pays if he retires due to injury. Snow is doing fine, BTW.

  4. thegonz13 - Jan 13, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    His season’s over and hopefully, so his career.

    What a bust!

  5. schoman57 - Jan 13, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Shocking!

  6. mydadyourmom - Jan 13, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Too bad, he was just starting to come into his own.

  7. steelwarriors55 - Jan 14, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Holmgren should call Garth Snow and offer him Bryzgalov and a 1st round pick for Dipietro,then when Dipietro retires next year Holmgren wont have Bryz contract anymore

  8. bbk1000 - Jan 14, 2012 at 7:19 AM

    and Henrik Lundqvist went with the 205th pick in this draft….haha.

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