DiPietro's season is over
The New York Islanders announced today that goaltender Rick DiPietro will have surgery performed on his right hip by noted specialist Dr. Marc Philippon this afternoon at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado. The 26-year old goaltender will be sidelined for the remainder of this season, but is expected to make a full recovery in time to join the Islanders at training camp in preparation for the 2008-09 season.The Islanders have been one of the NHL's most beat up teams this season, and have been way, way in the tank since the trade deadline. Long Island is 1-8-0 in its last nine games, and just 12-20-5 since Jan. 1.>> team release
With only eight games left, the Islanders have just 71 points and are right in lottery position, fourth-worst in the league. Realistically, they can fall as far as to second worst before the season's over, and with a healthy group next season and a new, young star, perhaps there's reason for optimism.