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Islanders activate Rick DiPietro from injured reserve

Aug 1, 2012, 5:36 PM EDT

Rick DiPietro AP

Dust off your old jokes: the New York Islanders just announced that they activated goalie Rick DiPietro from the injured reserve.

DiPietro’s recent injury history has been comical or tragic (or perhaps a source of dark comedy?) for several seasons. Here’s a brief history of his games played since his health took a nose dive:

2008-09: five games played
2009-10: eight GP
2010-11: 26 GP
2011-12: eight GP

That’s 47 games played after he played more than 62 per season from 2005-06 to 2007-08.

The mammoth size of his contract is the other part of the many zingers sent his (and the Islanders’) way.

DiPietro’s $4.5 million cap hit and salary will recur until the 2020-21 season – barring a buyout or perhaps some kind of amnesty clause from an eventual new CBA.

To many, DiPietro will remain little more than empty salary to boost the Isles closer to the cap floor. If he’s unusually healthy next season, he’ll need to contend with Evgeni Nabokov for starts.

  1. windmiller4 - Aug 1, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    The fact that he finally got off the injured reserve is a joke

    • hallsy19 - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:42 AM

      Rick DiPietro – “Ah, a fresh start, let’s get going! A new season…”

      (Gets paper cut filling out pre-season paper work, severs tendon, out 9-12 months.)

      Rick DiPietro, leaning over to John Tavares – “See you guys in Quebec City next season!”

  2. dougr42 - Aug 1, 2012 at 5:54 PM


  3. jacketsfan7 - Aug 1, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Glass jaw is back!

  4. lvshark22 - Aug 1, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    I give him 2 months before he is injured again

    • hockeydon10 - Aug 2, 2012 at 8:38 AM

      2 months?!

      I think the over/under is 11-1/2 games.

      I’m taking under.

  5. superross - Aug 1, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    He was on injured reserve?

  6. braddavery - Aug 1, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Hearing the news injured him.

  7. sportsfreak13 - Aug 1, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    IR stands for injured rick right?

  8. sheckyrimshot - Aug 1, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    rick dipietro walked into a bar and went back on injured reserve

  9. pennywise79 - Aug 1, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Tomorrow’s story: DiPietro back on IR.

  10. sportsfreak13 - Aug 1, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Heard the islanders wanted diepetro to play at least 82 games of his career for them, so they signed him to a 15 year contract.

  11. revansrevenant - Aug 1, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    There is no need to make a joke. The whole situation already is one.

  12. kingjoe1 - Aug 1, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    His contract will certainly go down as one of the worst all time

  13. coconutman1 - Aug 1, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    My favorite part is how few thumbs down there are.

  14. melonheadsdaddy - Aug 1, 2012 at 8:53 PM


  15. thedavesiknowiknow - Aug 1, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    …………will spend the remainder of the off-season housed in a plastic bubble, eating with a spork.

    • barkar942 - Aug 1, 2012 at 10:27 PM

      No, the spork has points and could rupture the bubble!

  16. spizzjr - Aug 1, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Lmfao as an islanders fan I plead every team in the league to shoot hard I’d much prefer Nabby the uncontested number one

  17. sheckyrimshot - Aug 1, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Q: how do you know when rick dipietro is having a bad day?
    A: charles wang’s wallet is stuck up his butt and he can’t find his vicodin.

  18. stakex - Aug 1, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    We should start taking bets on what his next injury is going to be, and how many days into the season he makes it.

    • ballistictrajectory - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:14 AM

      I say he suffers a season ending shoulder injury picking up a glass of water at the negotiations.

    • hockeydon10 - Aug 2, 2012 at 8:40 AM

      Over/under 11-1/2 games.

      I’m taking under.

  19. quizguy66 - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    I assume that this move is more about getting the Islanders to the cap floor than it is about hockey. Right?


    • jl9830 - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:13 PM

      Nope. It’s about DiPietro being one of the two best goalies on the roster when he’s healthy.

  20. katolungile - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    Won’t make it through training camp…

  21. 950003cups - Aug 2, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    You have

    Murphy’s Law = whatever can go wrong will go wrong

    Then you have

    DiPietro’s Law = Whatever can break will break

    It amazes me that after all these years, and all his talent, he hasn’t won the Vezina, Conn Smythe, or multiple Stanley Cups.

    They should have a new category for this guy

    The RI List = Re Injured

    He’s like Epstein from Welcome Back Kotter. Every practice he comes in late saying “I got a note Mr Wang”

  22. kappy32 - Aug 2, 2012 at 6:14 AM

    Very sad. He had all of the talent & potential to be a great goalie. It’s sad more than humorous to me.

  23. sidsthickmeatbayonet - Aug 2, 2012 at 6:27 AM

    brent johnson destroyed this punj. what a loser

  24. billsin20xx - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:34 AM

    At least they took him off ir in the summer. I’ll bet he can stay off it again at least until the first day of training camp!

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