Rick DiPietro’s AHL Return

December 5th, 2009 by Michael Schuerlein Leave a reply »
Cue the pomp and circumstance folks, there is an All-Star goaltender making his triumphant return to hockey tonight and his name is Rick DiPietro.

DiPietro missed all but five games in the 2008-09 season and all of the current season due to numerous hip and knee injuries. His landmark contract aside, many feel DiPietro was rushed back into playing too quickly after a series of unrelated injuries and was unsurprisingly re-injured.

Islanders management has really stepped up the protection of their franchise goaltender and given him ample time to heal and get the rehabilitation he needs to stay healthy. Tonight's game for DiPietro will not be in Tampa Bay against the Lightning, where the Islanders are set to play—instead it will be in Bridgeport, Connecticut for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League as they face the Springfield Falcons.

DiPietro's last appearance for Bridgeport came under similar conditions on a conditioning stint in the 2003-04 season when he played two games, both of them losses.

For those worried that throwing him into a game situation after missing 11 months of hockey is too much too soon, rest assured: th ...

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