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DiPietro is “bright eyed, bushy tailed, and ready to rock and roll”

Jan 9, 2013, 9:37 AM EDT

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Rick DiPietro played in a single professional contest in 2012 — and it was in the German second division.

Over the previous four seasons he’s played in all of 47 NHL contests due to a variety of injuries.

Still, he’s been healthy lately and practicing with Germany’s SC Riessersee.

“Physically… I feel great,” DiPietro said, according to the Sporting News.

“I’ve had such extensive surgeries, they say it takes a couple of years after that serious of surgery to actually feel back to yourself. I think a lot of the stuff was me rushing back too soon, or just having other stuff go wrong because you compensate for surgery that really hadn’t quite yet come back all the way.

“I’ve had some time off to get ready and get prepared, and I’m looking forward to it.”

Even if he stays healthy, it remains to be seen if he can still perform at the same level he was at when the New York Islanders signed him to a 15-year, $67.5 million contract. He’s struggled during the brief periods he’s been able to play over the last few years and Evgeni Nabokov is probably the better bet to start in the season opener.

All the same, DiPietro remains confident that he can get his career back on track.

“If I didn’t believe it, I wouldn’t be here,” DiPietro said. “Otherwise, it would be a waste. I’m confident with how my body feels now and my ability to be smarter. Older and smarter. I’m not stupid. You can’t have everything fixed by the doctors, which I’ve learned the hard way, and it’s a fact of life.

“I’m bright eyed, bushy tailed, and ready to rock and roll.”

  1. grillmarks - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Hopefully he can stay healthy.

    • thecheeman - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      Is anyone sure he would even be good if he was healthy?

      • grillmarks - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        Someone must have to sign him to a $67.5 million contract.

  2. thecheeman - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    “Breaking News: Rick DiPietro has strained his bushy tail and is likely to need extensive rehabilitation for hyperbrightness of the eyes that will cause him to miss 3-6 months.”

    • sheapuck - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:49 AM

      DiPietro has also injured himself laughing while recalling how Penner injeured himself eating pancakes.

  3. spetznaz777 - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    does he qualify for the amnesty buyout?

    • 950003cups - Jan 9, 2013 at 3:17 PM

      He actually might NOT qualify. According tho the last CBA, you can’t buyout a player while injured. in 24 hours, he’ll be injured. According to Las Vegas, its a 10-1 odds that he stays healthy by the weekend

  4. rpiotr01 - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    He just needed 6 years to shake off the rust after signing that big contract. Now he’s ready to go!

  5. jhuck92 - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Man, I hope for his sake and the Isles’ after losing Visnovsky that DiPietro has a productive season.

    • bcisleman - Jan 9, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      Not a done deal on Vis.

  6. valoisvipers - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Wouldn’t it be funny if RDP stayed healthy and played like the stud goalie that NYI thought they signed.
    I guess that would be like Gomez bagging 50 this year or the Leafs winning the Cup.

  7. jaredo10 - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    This guy should be Exiled from Long Island. What a Bust, As a Rangers fan I feel for you Islander Fans….

    • thecheeman - Jan 9, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      I think at this point the Islanders should just try and humiliate him into retiring. Like make him walk up and down sections selling peanuts or work the cash register in the team store. Anything to earn his keep a little.

      • newyorkislanderfancentral - Jan 9, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        Come on, this is not Cablevision where they pull that on Drury, Gomez, Redden, Avery, Kasparaitis, Holik, Jagr and so many others. Surprised the AHL did not have a lockout and a salary cap thanks to the laughingstock Rags too.

  8. bcisleman - Jan 9, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    He makes the exact same noises EVERY year. Then by 5 games in, he’s playing like crap. By 10 games in, he’s injured again. Only news here is that he obviously has no intentions of retiring. It will be up to Mr. Wang to decide to cut the cord.

    • newyorkislanderfancentral - Jan 9, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      Two years ago he dressed in over fifty games, before Johnson’s elbow pad it his eye. He’s been a goaltender near five hundred on a team well under five hundred in his limited appearances.

  9. newyorkislanderfancentral - Jan 9, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    New York Islander fans always fell sorry for the red-headed step child franchise to Islanders dynasty and Devils. One Edmonton Oilers cup to show since 1940. Flukeqvist looked bigger than Snow in his overstuffed equipment, 10-10 goalie in playoffs in front of a team that dove and trapped who again was owned by a 40 year older Brodeur wearing 1/3 the equipment.

    • thecheeman - Jan 9, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      “Henrik Lundqvist’s good play is a fluke!” – Islander fans?

      • newyorkislanderfancentral - Jan 9, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        Five hundred facing less than 20 shots most games in front of a trap is good play with the entire team on their knees ten feet in front of the overstuffed one? Still laughing at his five goals on seventeen shots in game five against the Devils. He was outplayed by three Cap rookies and lost two of those series.

      • islesjb - Jan 9, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        yeah calling Lundqvist a fluke is a little ridiculous. The Isles would jump at the chance to have that kind of consistency in net instead of a revolving door.

      • islesjb - Jan 9, 2013 at 1:32 PM

        and to be clear, I’m referring to the Isles goaltender situation as a revolving door, not RDP. Hopefully Nabokov can provide some continuity and RDP can play well enough to be a serviceable back up but at this point, DP looks finished.

        He was absolutely abysmal in his few starts last year and seemed to let the first shot of every game into the net. I’m pulling for him but it looks like he’s broke and ain’t getting fixed.

      • newyorkislanderfancentral - Jan 9, 2013 at 3:02 PM

        DiPietro was abysmal in his few starts last year? He went 3-2-3 on a sub five hundred team.

      • 950003cups - Jan 9, 2013 at 3:47 PM

        Goaltender consistency? You mean not every team signs a kid for 20 years who breaks records every year, has a rule implemented to handicap his play, is almost never injured, not expensive, makes the playoffs every year? I guess I haven’t really paid attention

      • islesjb - Jan 9, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        he had a .876 save % and let in almost 4 goals a game. And a lot of them were very soft goals that put the team in a hole early.

        I’m rooting for him but you’re in the minority as an Islander fan if you think DP looked good in net last year.

  10. kicksave1980 - Jan 9, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    I know that he’s the source of a lot of jokes, but it’s hard not to feel bad for the guy. Hopefully he can stay healthy and have a good season.

    • thecheeman - Jan 9, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      it’s not so hard

      • newyorkislanderfancentral - Jan 9, 2013 at 12:37 PM

        Funny, how quick Rag fans forget Dan Blackburn with his two blockers or sixth overall former Islander Al Montoya. No one made fun of them or mellon-head Richter who got hurt demanding an all-star game appearance after getting hurt many times because he was selfish. Rick DiPietro was team USA’s #1 goaltender and unlike Richter was not trashing hotel rooms with Leetch in Nagano. DiPietro was the starting all-star goaltender and allowed only one goal in his one period. DiPietro stopped Crosby’s point streak a few years ago as one of his wins.

      • 950003cups - Jan 9, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        If you wanna feel bad for someone, feel bad for the schmuck who has signs his check every 2 weeks… Poor Charlie Wang

  11. lsxphotog - Jan 9, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    This morning, while opening a box of Wheaties, DiPietro pulled his groin and is considered day-to-day. Reports from the NYI organization say he will not be participating in camp as a result.

    That was a joke, for those who believe it was serious news. haha

  12. ballistictrajectory - Jan 9, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    NEWSFLASH: Rick DiPietro woke up this morning and suffered a season ending injury to his eyelid when he blinked.

  13. mclovinhockey - Jan 9, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Better be careful on the rock an roll part, if someone tells him to break a leg he may take it seriously.

    Tbo, this guy was one of my favourite players as a kid. Hope he gets back to where he was.

  14. thedavesiknowiknow - Jan 9, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Woah Ricky- I wouldn’t “rock and roll” too much. You might get hurt.

  15. 950003cups - Jan 9, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    BREAKINF NEWS: Rick DiPietro has torn a ligament in his hand, and dislocated his shoulder as he was entering his vote ratifying the CBA. Likely to miss 2 to 9 months.

  16. michiganhockey11 - Jan 9, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    His glass jaw is still worse than Hasek’s glass groin….

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