DiPietro Signed; Stevens Retires

The Islanders finally signed goalie Rick DiPietro.
Seeing as how I’ve been pretty obsessed with the situation, it’s a great relief to me.
It’s really going to free up a lot of time for me.
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I’m pretty bummed about Scott Stevens’ retirement.
Love him or hate him, you had to respect him. There was a real electricity every time he stepped on the ice. Especially during the playoffs.
You just knew a superstar was going to get whacked. And not a dirty hit, either.
Nope. Stevens was always clean. You knew there would be one mistake. Maybe someone would look down at the puck. Maybe someone would hold the puck a beat too long. Maybe someone would wander into open ice without protection.
And then WHAM!
Stevens would make them pay the price.
Enjoy some pictures of Stevens’ biggest hits.
Although, sadly it’s missing that Paul Kariya hit, where Kariya seemed to die for a second before you could actually see the life snap back into his body. It was pretty brutal, but it’s the one I always think of when I think of Stevens and what he brought to the ice.