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Islanders’ DiPietro pulled in appearance with AHL’s Sound Tigers

Mar 1, 2013, 10:56 PM EDT

Rick DiPietro AP

Things seem to be going from bad to worse for Rick DiPietro.

On Friday, DiPietro, making his first appearance for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, allowed five goals on just 12 shots in the first period and was on the bench to start the second period.

Bridgeport lost the game 7-3 to the Connecticut Whale.

The past few weeks have seen DiPietro waved by the New York Islanders and eventually sent to Bridgeport of the American Hockey League. He also commented about contemplating suicide, although he later tried to clarify that his comments were facetious.

The Islanders released a statement earlier this week about the severity of DiPietro’s suicide remarks.

DiPietro still has eight years left on a 15-year contract worth $67.5 million with the New York Islanders. His NHL career has been severely stalled due to injuries and inconsistent play.

  1. valoisvipers - Mar 1, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    RDP=Gomez with bigger pads

  2. sjsharks66 - Mar 1, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    I really feel bad for this guy.

  3. blackhawks1982 - Mar 1, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    The poor guy has already contemplated suicide, I hope friends and family are keeping a close eye on this guy.

  4. thehighcountrybear - Mar 1, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Rick was distracted by pre-game rumours he might be sent to the Manitoba Noose…? To goal or not to goal, that is the question? Hang in there Rick, you could have a regular wage paying job…

    • rodeoclowndc - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      Did you mean to say Manitoba Moose? Or was that a Freudian slip?

  5. garryjercia - Mar 2, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Don’t feel too bad. He’s cashing checks, and he’s only marginally better between the pipes than I am.

  6. 950003cups - Mar 2, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Not so sure about the suicide threats, but I’ll bet Charles Wang is oiling up his best guns right about now.

  7. rushledger - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    I would be happy if he could turn it around.

  8. Craptastics9 - Mar 2, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    We all can’t blame him or the team for signing a long term contract when he seemed like a franchise goalie. He was awesome before the deal was signed. If he stayed at that level, would you be complaining about having a top three goalie for 15 years? And you can’t blame him for playing in an All Star game challenge he was selected for. He didn’t kill his career by crashing a porsche like Pelle Lindbergh (God rest his soul). He has bad genetics in his hips, a critical area for a goalie in the NHL. He’s a good man and has never acted like he deserves the money for his play since his first big injury. He hasn’t lived up to his contract but it’s not because he hasn’t tried to. It was just bad luck all around for all concerned. Mike Bossy had a 10 year career because of injuries and yet you never hear Isles fans get on his case because he was a part of the dynasty. Rick would have been a potential cornerstone of a dynasty if he didn’t get hurt. Lesson learned, don’t give anyone a 10 year contract, but don’t blame DiPietro.

    • TestSubjekt - Mar 2, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      LOL. You can definitely blame the Islanders and Garth Snow for offering such a long term contract, the likes of which had never been seen before for a goaltender.

      • namriverrat69 - Mar 2, 2013 at 9:45 PM

        So, if Jonathan Quick continues to be a top 3 goaltender for the next 10 years of his contract would make Dean Lombardi and the Kings what, geniuses? Quick is great and has grown better each year. No doubt he could have gotten a lot more money elsewhere but it turns out he likes the Kings and his team mates. That team is locked up together for a long time and that is how they like it.

        GO KINGS

  9. pwilson264 - Mar 2, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    number one it was a brain fart of idea to give a 15yr contract to DIpietro or anyone else for that matter. don’t you think that within 15yrs theirs a pretty good chance of injuries which could end or side line his career. but none the less i hope things can turn around for him, he still has eight yrs on a 67 mill, contract, coach is this my seat

  10. broncosfan29 - Mar 2, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    really? as much money as this guy has “stolen” from the islanders why would anyone feel sorry for him. and why is he acting like a victim?

    • namriverrat69 - Mar 2, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      Players are very competitive. Sure he got a lot of money. Most players in his position would bust their a$$ to repay the team and his team mates on the ice. When injuries come up and then continue, it can easily eat away at a players confidence. I’m not a fan if DiPietro or the Ilse but I sympathize with the situation from both angles. A good player who’s not able to play up to his ability while collecting all that money will have serious internal issues. All the crap thrown his way by writers and fans doesn’t help. I would find it hard to believe DiPietro is just sitting at home counting his millions and laughing while his team loses. DON’T THINK SO. He has probabliy exhausted himself trying to figure out how to get his career back.

      Nor do I feel the team owners are wishing someting bad would happen to DiPietro to cancel his contract. They took a chance and lost. It could very easily be a situation like the Kings are struggling with Jonathan Quick who I thinik is the best goalie in the league. Here I have to admit, I am biased to the LA Kings for 40 some years since I was vacationing for 2 1/2 years in that wonderful picturesque location of Vietnam. Ah, what a wonderful time that was. I learned about and grew to love my LA Kings.

      Blessings to all who read this. May you find peace and happiness in your lives.

  11. kingsforever - Mar 2, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    To anyone who says “he can’t have mental health issues he’s making millions”. Be quiet. You don’t know anything about mental health then

  12. jtrain1966 - Mar 2, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    What maybe he needs is, for the Islanders to buy him out, & for him just to get away from hockey for a bit, just to clear his head . As for the ” suicide attempts “, grow up Rick, there are people going through far worse than you are in the Northeast, & don’t nearly have the resources, you do to help themselves, & their families ! Be greatfull, Rick ! Because, those people lost everything & they won’t get it back !


    Jeremee ( St. Louis Blues Fan )

  13. thehighcountrybear - Mar 2, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Let’s leave Mrs. Freud’s undergarments out of the debate [ understanding Freud, that missus would be Sigmund’s mother ]? Nooooooo, like the troubled Mr. DiPietro, I was being facetious…

  14. r8rbhawk - Mar 3, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Just an update on RDP. He got the win tonight against Adirondack. 22 saves, 3 GA, .880 Save Pct. Not great numbers but enough for a win.

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