The star crossed season for Rick DiPietro has officially faded to black for 2009.
The Islanders 67 million dollar man, has been told to take the rest of the season off in order to recover from ongoing swelling in his surgically repaired knee.
He made but five starts this season, after having had surgery last June, the second operation on his knees in his carrer.
He made headline news back in 2006 when he signed a fifteen year 67.5 million dollar contract, considered by many to be a rather foolish move by the Islanders and their management team.
Shortly after locking into that deal he suffered the first of his knee problems, this years setback saw him make three starts in October, and one more each in December and January before the decision was reached that time and rest was in his and the team's best interests.
Islanders are preaching patience for the fans, hoping that will a full half season and off season of rest DiPietro will be ready to take to the nets again and that huge investment will show some return.
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Newsday-- Isles should make sure they're covered in goal
New York Times-- Rick DiPietro Lost to Islanders Once Again
New York Post-- ISLANDERS' DIPIETRO DONE FOR SEASON
New YOrk Daily News-- Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro to miss rest of season with knee problems
National Post-- Islanders G DiPietro out for season
Toronto Star-- Bum knee sinks season for Islanders goalie