Islanders Rumors & News
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As much as the Islanders have tried to deny it, goalie Rick DiPietro clearly suffered more than “general soreness” following his ill-fated and imbecile race to the puck against Montreal on March 13. DiPietro sat out two games following the collision before returning for games against Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and the Rangers. Now comes the news today that the goalie is experiencing post-concussion symptoms and is out indefinitely.

On his blog, Newsday’s Greg Logan speculates that DiPietro’s melon may have been further rattled during a scrum in the crease on Sunday wherein Sean Avery seemed to land on the goalie’s head.

If DiP is out for any extended time – as is usually case with head injuries – the Islanders’ season is effectively over. Backup Mike Dunham is a horrible goaltender, as Ranger fans learned during the latter stages of their playoff drought, and as Islanders fans quickly discovered during DiPietro’s earlier absence.

If the Isles’ do miss the playoffs, it will be a difficult blow for a franchise trying to restore its credibility in the wake of several losing seasons and an embarrassing upheaval in the front office last offseason. It seems unlikely that trade deadline acquisition Ryan Smyth would consider resigning with the team, meaning the team would have surrendered a bounty of youth for naught.

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