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Rick DiPietro has a new career on sports talk radio

Sep 4, 2014, 9:00 PM EDT

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You probably haven’t forgotten about Rick DiPietro.

The former New York Islanders goalie was the butt of jokes for a long time due to his 15-year contract and inability to stay healthy, but he’s got a new line of work as Neil Best of Newsday shares. He’s taken his talents to sports talk radio.

“I love it,” DiPietro said. “I’ll do it until they tell me to stop. I would always joke with my wife: ‘Can you imagine if I got a job where I get to talk about sports for a living?’ She was like, ‘I can’t even imagine. You’d love that.’

“This is like a dream come true.”

On top of all that, DiPietro is also now on Twitter (@HDumpty39) and his particular brand of self-deprecating humor shows through in all that he’s doing. He’s even turning into a fan-favorite for all kinds of sports fans with his new career.

While his playing career didn’t turn out the way he or anyone else thought it would, the first overall pick in 2000 at least won’t have to worry about a freak injury behind the mic. Sore throats are a bit easier to treat than wonky knees.

  1. alicesrightfootesq - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    “Hey guys it’s great to be here on my first day and I just want …. wait.. how do I adjust this mic?”

    “Just lift up on it, Rick.”

    “Okay here we go let me just GOD OH GOD MY EYE MY EYEEEE”

    • 950003cups - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      He should do a segment on injuries. They can call it “The DrPietro Hour” He has more experience in a medical room than a locker room.

      Hey DrPietro, did you see that fall taken by Lundqvist? What do you think?

      Rick DP: I think he’s tweaked his hip just about 3% to the left. Wait, no no no, maybe 5%. I’ll say he’ll be back in the line up in 2 weeks, but if he’s smart like me, he could milk it for 3 years.

  2. bcisleman - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    What’s the statline on mangames lost to injury at nbc, Joe?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:21 AM

      No worries mate. And they wisely gave him a 75 year contract.

  3. deathbat20 - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    I’m happy DiPietro found work outside of playing hockey. His career did not go well but i hope he can find success in this field

    • islesjb - Sep 4, 2014 at 11:35 PM

      Same- I think he’ll make a good commentator as well.

  4. justanotherphillyfan - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Did he seriously pick Humpty Dumpty #39 as a Twitter name?

    I can’t believe this guy can still clown about it after what he has costed the NY Islanders. If I was him I would ship my * to Germany and play in the DEL for another 5 or 6 years. Doing something he should probably love most and this way he would also fade out of the picture a little bit. after 5 or 6 years he could come back as some analyst and people would’ve almost forgotten about all the trouble before.

    How could you not want to play hockey anymore.

    • 19inarow - Sep 4, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      Rick DiPietro gave everything he had — his blood, sweat, and many tears — to the NYI organization and its fans. I know of no NHL player who gave more than he did.

      I swear there were times, when he was trying to come back from an injury, that I thought many of the hockey writers and fans wouldn’t be happy until the man up and died.

      Unlike most other long-term contract players, who were bought out or traded, Rick never stopped trying. He doesn’t have an “entitled bone” in his body, broken or not.

      He’s one of my favorite Islanders, ever, because of his character.

      • bcisleman - Sep 5, 2014 at 11:30 AM

        Be fair to RDP. Neither being taken #1, being offered The Contract or, certainly, the injuries were his idea or his fault. He might have insisted on a shorter deal but my impression of Wang is that you don’t do that with him. Even Bettman was unable to shake him from that idea after making him wait a year. RDP did his best but it didn’t work for him or the team. Best wishes in his new venture.

      • bcisleman - Sep 5, 2014 at 11:34 AM

        Should add that RDP’s initial demise for 2008-09 led directly to JT becoming an Isle. So in a way, the Isles and their fans have RDP to thank for the team they have and are becoming.

    • bsaures - Sep 5, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      Ya lets uproot the entire family move across the world to play in a tier 3 league to try and make a comeback at 32. He has been injured with one problem or another for almost 6 years. He doesnt need the money so he is doing what he wants post hockey theres nothing wrong with that

    • rrsm53 - Sep 5, 2014 at 2:14 PM

      what he cost them, hey the owner was stupid enough to dish out the money so it is all on him and the GM.

      I am sure the guy didnt plan on getting hurt constantly but like eveything in life crap happens. Deal with it. If it was you would you give the money back i highly doubt it.

      • bcisleman - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:22 PM

        The problem with The Contract wasn’t the amount. $4.5 mil per wasn’t unreasonable for a #1 goalie. Still isn’t. It was the length and what happened with RDP is precisely the reason no player should get more than a five year deal.

  5. 19to77 - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Well you’ve jinxed it now.

  6. jernster21 - Sep 4, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    He has a wife? Further proof the tongue is the strongest muscle in the human body.

  7. tross16 - Sep 5, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    He can’t play anymore… What is so
    Hard to understand dumb ass and he didn’t coast the isls anything no one can control an injury especially him they were all freak injuries. He can’t play hockey anymore because of his hip and knees. Your an idiot for saying he should be playing puck somewhere haha it’s his life and I guess he really loves this new radio
    Gig
    Be

  8. ballistictrajectory - Sep 5, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Headline: DiPietro sidelined indefinitely with torn cuticle.

    Suffered the injury while pressing the button on the board to handle an incoming call.

    Radio station is trying to shop his contract…

  9. sdelmonte - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    I’ve liked the Hahn-diPietro show so far. I hope they keep them around for a while. ESPN NY needs a bit of a hockey upgrade, since a lot of their staff aren’t really knowledgeable about the sport.

  10. crazemastercraze - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Anyone that hates this is a stupid douche nozzle

    • ibieiniid - Sep 5, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      most appropriate usage of douche nozzle ever.

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