New York Islanders Need to Address the DiPietro Fiasco Before Moving Forward

March 27th, 2011 by Doug Tyburski Leave a reply »
This is no longer about Rick DiPietro's 15-year contract.  It's not about his dedication to the organization, which can't be argued. It's not about his constant injury-plagued past three seasons.  

This, in a lot of ways, isn't even about Rick DiPietro.  What it is about, is the Islanders management being honest to the players, the fans and quite frankly, themselves.

DiPietro is no longer the goaltender the Islanders thought he could be when he was drafted, and he's not even close to the goalie he was prior to his long line of injuries.

Whether Garth Snow or Charles Wang want to admit it or not, DiPietro is nothing more than a No. 1 minor league goalie or a backup in the NHL.  Until the franchise can admit this to themselves, the team will not be able to move forward.

Is it DiPietro's fault that he signed a 15-year contact? No, anybody else would do the same.  

Is it his fault that he has had extreme bad luck with injuries that led to major surgeries? No, of course not.

Is it his fault that he has had past concussion issues?  Absolutely not.  

Is it his fault when ...

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