DiPietro Discussion Thread Part I
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11-05-2010, 09:12 AM
Join Date: Sep 2006
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At some point, the Islanders might have to learn from another Rick.
It looks like the Isles have a solid 41 year old goalie for this year and 2 potential studs in Bridgeport, so the need for Rick Dipietro as a goalie is not there, so.......
At what point would you pull a Rick Ankiel and find another position for Dipietro and let him learn it in the farms for 1-2 years, he could become a 4th line pugilist at worst case.
No offense intended, but ths may be the most assinine thing I've heard yet. Take a guy who is brittle as hell and put him in a position when he is exposed to more hitting and greater chance of injury? How does that make sense?
This dosen't even take into account the time it would take for this to happen. If I recall, it took Ankiel 2-3 years in the minors to get back to the majors after he made the switch.
This is what kills me the most about this whole DiPietro thing. People act like he is so valuable to the franchise they must keep him. The guy has never won ANYTHING, not in college, not in the minors not on the big stage, nothing ever. Why do so many feel so tied to this guy, as if the team would fold if he were not on the roster? Doing this would be just another example of management giving him something else he did not earn. I did not post it at the time but if I were Roloson I would have demanded a trade the second I heard DiPietro was given the opening night start. Huge slap in the face to the guy that carried the team last year.
That move alone is all you need to know about this failed endevour. DiPietro has never had to earn anythign as long as he has been an Islander. It's all been handed to him on a silver platter. So if you're DiPietro, where is the incentive to be any better? Your going to get your starts, deserving or not (latest example being this week when he gives up 6 to the Flyers he's right back in their the next game to top his own miserableness and give up 7 to the Canes), he's going to get paid, management is still going to push him as the face of the franchise, the media is still going to come to him for quotes. So where is the incentive?
Truth is the team would begin to grow without the dead weight of DiPietro. Time to cut bait and move on.
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