New York Islanders: Rick DiPietro to Have Surgery, Season Likely over

Billy SmithCorrespondent IIIJanuary 13, 2012

UNIONDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 23:  Rick DiPietro #39 of the New York Islanders skates in warmups prior to the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on November 23, 2011 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Newsday is reporting that Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro will have surgery on Tuesday to repair a sports hernia. DiPietro suffered from a groin injury in a game against Dallas on December 3rd. The Islanders are saying that a best case scenario would be that he can return by the beginning of April.

The former first overall draft pick from the 2000 draft hasn't lived up to the hype, or his 15-year $67.5 million contract that he signed in 2006. DiPietro's injury problems started in the end of the 2008 season. Ever since then he has only played 47 games in the last four seasons, including eight games this season. DiPietro has had multiple surgeries in the past few years, most notably two knee surgeries and hip surgery.

When asked if he has plans to retire he said, "Nothing like that has even crossed my mind". Isles GM said that they are hoping he can be back on the ice in a few weeks.

The Islanders will most likely go with goalie Evgeni Nabokov in the next few games until Al Montoya comes back from his injury. With DiPietro out of the picture for the near future, both Montoya and Nabokov will be playing goal for most of the season, if not all of it.