It was reported yesterday that Rick DiPietro was being sent home for medical evaluations before the road trip even began as he had sustained yet another injury to add to the many setbacks of his career. Mike Mottau was also returned to Long Island with an upper-body injury. However, the story surrounding DiPietro is that this guy hadn't been playing; he was already on the Injured Reserve.
You have to wonder how a guy like Rick finds a way to injure himself while he is already...well...injured. He wasn't playing in games, although he had been skating on the ice. And according to Art Staple of Newsday, DiPietro wasn't even close to dressing as a back-up for any of the games on this road trip that saw them play Carolina last night, Anaheim on Friday and Phoenix on Saturday.
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Part of the plan for the slow and steady rebuild was to have a talented pool of prospects to develop going forward; some of those prospects would make an impact on the immediate future of the team, while others would eventually follow suit down the line.
Slow and steady.
One of those players that might end up turning into an absolute gem is Anders Lee. Lee was taken in the 6th round by the Islanders in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at 152nd overall. So far in 20 games with Notre Dame, Lee has 12 goals and eight assists for 20 points in 20 games played, placing him second in scoring on the team.
It has been an emotional rollercoaster since that fateful day in June, 2000 when we made you our first overall draft pick.
Our relationship has gone through phases: anxious excitement to see you establish yourself as our number one goalie, the satisfaction of seeing you rise to being an All Star (and telling Rangers fans how much better you were than Henrik Lundqvist), the despair of watching you be injured, the frustration of watching you have setback after setback on your way back to the net, to where we are today.
Today Rick, we write you to tell you that we are si...
When the call comes some answer and some don't. Rick DiPietro, Dwayne Roloson, Kevin Poulin, Nathan Lawson, Mikko Koskinen, Evgeni Nabokov, and Al Montoya. Six men answered last season, but will that seventh man be the lucky one this time around? The big question for 2011-12 season will be on that seventh man, Evgeni Nabokov. The Islanders have seen some hard times in the paint. Last season started off with the double dragons DiPietro and Roloson taking the reigns in net. With the injury prone DiPietro sidelined Kevin Poulin and Nathan Lawson of the Soundtigers earned some valuable NHL experience. But an unfortunate pregame knee injury ended Kevin Poulin's season ea...