Rick DiPietro Suffers Another Setback: Should He Call it Quits?

December 15th, 2009 by Dan Karell Leave a reply »
After losing four of their last five games, including a 7-1 thrashing from the Florida Panthers, the Islanders were dealt another blow. Injured star goalie, Rick DiPietro, pulled himself out of a game early into his first start in nearly a year.

DiPietro was taken out after two periods of an AHL minor league hockey game for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, due to "tightness".

DiPietro has already seen the team doctors, as well as a specialist, but he is looking for a third opinion.

For a man who has already had a career filled with major surgeries, is it worth it to keep playing? He might never be able to walk normally again, or at least, ever be as talented as he once was.

In 2007, DiPietro suffered two concussions within a couple of weeks, and missed significant time. After that season, he had surgery on a torn labrum in his left hip.

In 2008, he had surgery on his other hip, as well as arthroscopic surgery to fix a torn meniscus in his left knee.

And last winter, he was shut down for the season in January, after having played just five games. He also had another surgery on a torn meniscus, and has had extensive ...

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