I don’t get the Islanders’ deal with Rick DiPietro. He’s a talented, if a bit cocky, goalie. And they seem to love torturing him. Number one goalie Chris Osgood goes down. It’s the perfect time to bring up DiPietro and let him see some NHL action for an extended period. So what do the Isles do? They go with Garth Snow. Granted, Snow has been playing well, but he has no future. He’s never going to be a number one. He’s never going to make a real difference. Snow, like Osgood, is capable. He does his job, but he doesn’t steal games.
So the Isles called up DiPietro to back-up Snow and then sent him back down to the AHL.
Yesterday they called DiPietro (or DiPetr-yo-yo) back up. DiPietro made the most of it, holding off New Jersey and earning the Islanders a point in a 3-all tie.
Think how good DiPietro would be by now if he was seeing any kind of consistent NHL action.