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DiPietro signs in German second division

Oct 10, 2012, 10:38 AM EDT

Having already secured the services of St. Louis Blues forward Matt D’Agostini, German second division team SC Riessersee added more NHL talent on Wednesday by signing Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro to a lockout deal.

The news was followed by everybody making their best “He will immediately report to IR” jokes on Twitter.

To be fair, DiPietro’s health history means he is something of a gamble for the German club. He’s only appeared in 47 games over the last four seasons for the Islanders thanks to a medical chart the size of a phone book —  here’s what it looks like on his TSN bio page:


And that only covers the last three years!

The good news here is that DiPietro’s looking to get his career back on track, which has to be a welcome development for the Islanders organization. The 31-year-old still has nine years remaining on the 15-year, $67.5 million deal signed back in 2006.

  1. bcsteele - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Wow…how much did it cost him to insure his contract? This guy isn’t really that bad a goaltender but the Islanders really messed up with his contract given his ability to stay healthy. Hopefully he can get through a season if and when we start up.

    On another note, am I the only one that everytime I hear about DiPietro I no longer think of his contract or injury history, but instead the time Brent Johnson simply broke his face?

  2. lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    A question I have is how does someone maintain the ability to play at an NHL level when they have an injury list as long as his? I’d think that even if he’s able to exercise, being away from the game for too long would hamper his ability to compete at that level.

    • davebabychreturns - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      With save percentages of the last three years of .901, .886 and .876 it’s entirely possible that Dipietro hasn’t maintained that ability.

      Granted the sample sizes are small, but he has a long way to go to be considered an upper echelon goaltender again.

  3. ballistictrajectory - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Ow. Meinen knie sind kaput.

  4. lsxphotog - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    This just in, DiPietro injured his back packing his backs and will be day-to-day.

  5. phillyphanatic76 - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    That deal has to be the worst in NHL history. Another mistake by Garth Snow that leaves the Islanders handcuffed with another Yashin-like contract on the books. Maybe the NHL should include an amnesty clause in the next cba. If it ever gets done.

    • islesjb - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      I agree that this is probably the worst deal in the history of the NHL but in fairness, the deal seemed to be perpetrated by owner Charles Wang more so than Garth Snow. When asked about the contract, Wang has always claimed that “that is how he does business” and at the time, DP fit the bill for a marquee player that he could build the team and his marketing around.
      Contract is ludicrous, but the the blame should be assigned to more heavily to Wang.

      • phillyphanatic76 - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:31 PM

        That’s a legitimate point, you’d know more about the Islanders front office than I do. I just think those deals over 7 or 8 years are ridiculous because you never know what’s going to happen and the contracts are guaranteed. The only player I’d be ok with the flyers giving a 10+ year deal to would be Giroux and if Shea Weber had ended up in Philly I’d be ok with it. Still extremely risky even with a marquee athlete.

  6. quonce - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Breaking News : DiPietro place on IR in German league breaking his wrist signing the contract.

  7. scionofflame - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Apparently he has the weakest groin muscles in history for a goalie, judging by that injury report. YOU SORT OF NEED THOSE TO PLAY GOAL.

  8. blomfeld - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:31 PM


    “I guess it’s pretty beneficial to be a goaltender on Long Island right now” Rick DiPietro said Tuesday, moments after signing the longest playing contract in NHL history … ESPN Sept 13 2006

    Notwithstanding Bettman’s failed “Sunbelt” experiment, another mitigating cause for the “sickly” financial state of the NHL today has to be these idiotic “til death do us part” contracts … and DiPietro or “patient zero” if you will, was the one who started all of the insanity by signing for a ridiculous 15 years … a number which is still comical six years later !. Nonetheless, by doing so, he boldly “blazed a trail” so that future atom-splitters such as Ovechkin, Luongo and Parise could follow in his foot steps ! :)

    ps: Quick’s contract is wrong too, as the maximum length for an NHL contract should be 5 x years …

    • phillyphanatic76 - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:37 PM

      I think Yashins 10-year $87 million deal really set the table, but Dipietros deal made it more acceptable.

  9. theenutty - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    DiPietro heard that Brent Johnson was staying here in North America so he knew he would be safe playing in Germany.

  10. revansrevenant - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    In other news, Rick DiPietro suffered a back injury putting his carry on in the overhead storage. He will be out for the season.

  11. spizzjr - Oct 10, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Every isles fan should go like isles nation on Facebook

  12. cweez2 - Oct 10, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Ralf Rinke better look out.

  13. bjbeliever - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Somewhere Charles Wang just had a heart attack

  14. jimw81 - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    DiPietro is ultimate prop bet.

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