Charles Wang Loses His Gamble on Rick DiPietro

March 30th, 2010 by Michael Gasparino Leave a reply »
I have a friend who is a gambler. In addition to college and pro football and basketball, he's been known to put money on U.S. Open women's semifinal matches. That's hardcore.

Like most gamblers, he'll tell you all about his winnings—the three-team parlays and the close covers—and then little or nothing about the bad beats. But that's the gambler's prerogative. You always want to believe you're up more than you really are.

Charles Wang would like to have that luxury now that it is becoming increasingly clear that the Rick DiPietro signing was a bad gamble. The bad beat of all bad beats. A bust.

The Islanders announced this week that D.P. will be shut down for the season because "surgical swelling" in his knee has not subsided. This after taking a particularly conservative approach, where he did not play a game until Jan. 10. He made it through only eight games, and has appeared in only 13 in the last two seasons.

Critics of the 15-year contract between DiPietro and the Islanders have been legion; and to their credit, they've been slamming the deal since before the ink was dry. Media, fans, unnamed hockey executives—they couldn ...

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