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01-15-2009, 12:07 PM
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Dubie back with the Islanders, DiPietro out for the season

The Islanders have reached an agreement with former goaltender Wade Dubielewicz on a contract for the rest of the season for the pro-rated portion of a $500,000 annual salary, according to an NHL source. The club has indicated plans to provide an update later today on the condition of starter Rick DiPietro, but the signing of Dubielewicz is a strong indicator that DiPietro might be done for the season because of continued swelling in his surgically repaired knee.

Dubielewicz, who has been living with his family at their Connecticut home since receiving a buyout from Ak Bars Kazan in the Russian Kontinental Hockey League, is expected to practice with the Islanders tomorrow morning and likely be available for their game against the Devils Saturday night at the Coliseum.

Earlier today, coach Scott Gordon announced that goaltender Joey MacDonald, who suffered a strained groin five minutes into Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Rangers, will be out for 2-4 weeks. Realistically, MacDonald's recovery is expected to be at the high end of that time frame. Yann Danis will make his third start this season for the Isles against Boston tonight at the Coliseum, and Peter Mannino has been called up from Bridgeport to serve as the backup.

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