Wednesday, March 19, 2008

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.
>> team release
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.

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.
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11 Comments:

At 12:41 PM, March 19, 2008, Blogger FAUXRUMORS 2 said...

1) More ominous for the Isles is that this is DiPietro's second hip surgery in as many years (The other hip last year)
2) Well, he only has 13 years left on his contract, so no worries.

 
At 12:58 PM, March 19, 2008, Blogger The Forechecker said...

And this week's Fantasy Hockey playoff just got that much dicier...

 
At 1:05 PM, March 19, 2008, Anonymous mc keeper said...

Is the number of goalies with hip injuries/surgeries increasing in recent years ? Seems that way to me. Maybe the preferred butterfly style, which has become prevalent over recent seasons is putting too much strain on goalies' hips. Hate to see hip problems become as commonplace as rotator cuff problems for pitchers in baseball.

 
At 1:35 PM, March 19, 2008, Blogger murph said...

In related news, the GM Garth Snow signed Dr. Philippon to a 13-year deal this morning.

 
At 1:38 PM, March 19, 2008, Blogger FAUXRUMORS 2 said...

1) Thats very funny Murph! Seriously though, if Ricky is havig this knd of issue at age 26-27, how will it be when he's over 30??
2) Suddenly the isles may have to actually have another goalie in the wings to at minimum play 20-30 games/year

 
At 2:35 PM, March 19, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rick DiPietro in a tremendous athlete and people need to not be negative about this situation...I have no doubt in my mind that when he is into his 30's he'll be totally fine...if there was any chance of the Islanders making the playoffs this year, he wouldnt be having the surgery now...he'd be in there fighting for the playoffs with his team but since his team doesnt know who to play in front of him...yeah...enough said!!!

 
At 3:06 PM, March 19, 2008, Blogger Nick said...

Anonymous:

Maybe, but as a Detroiter, I'm glad the wings don't have a goaltender under a 13 year contract.

 
At 3:29 PM, March 19, 2008, Blogger heed said...

Nick,

You are so right...i wouldn't want either hasek or osgood signed for this year let alone next year and beyond.

 
At 5:24 PM, March 19, 2008, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

I'm waiting for Jimmy Howard to get a real shot. He was unbelievable at Maine. The Gophers played them in a first round NCAA game in 2005, and won 1-0 in OT; Howard was the only thing that kept that game from being 6-0. He was just as good in Maine's loss in the NCAA final in 2004.

 
At 11:21 PM, March 19, 2008, Blogger Nick said...

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At 11:23 PM, March 19, 2008, Blogger Nick said...

Heed,

Osgood has the best GAA in the national hockey league and looked great tonight. While I'd be thrilled if we had Luongo under contract, I'm not extraordinarily worried about Detroit's goaltending.

I'm not saying an Osgood/Hasek(/Howard) combo are perfect, but overall it sounds like you and I are both happy. Good for us.

...and good for you not naming where you're from because I doubt your team is perfect, and I guarantee you that they have less points than Detroit.

 

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