DiPietro Discussion Thread Part II (Post 746 **Placed on Waivers**)
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12-14-2012, 06:27 PM
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I don't really get the DiPietro hate. At least when it comes to his contract. I think any sane person would have signed it. The problem was the fact that the contract was even on the table to begin with.
Had DP been the type of player who basically quit on his team and the fans after getting paid, I'd understand the hate. But he's actually done the opposite. The guy can't stay healthy but he hasn't given up on salvaging a career. I actually respect him for that, regardless of whether or not I think he'll ever succeed in becoming even a decent NHL goaltender again.
Would it be nice to not have that $4.5M on the books? Sure. If it wasn't on the books, do I think the Isles would use it to bring in a UFA to help this team? Probably not. Therefore, I don't really think it matters either way.
Oh, many of us do criticize Wang for the contract.....I just think that recent events should hopefully make DP aware that if he truly believes he can make a comeback, "forcing" the Isles' hand (not literally) to save him a place on the roster when he is obviously still convalescing does neither he, nor the Islanders a bit of good. I'd rather see him work his way back from this in Europe or the ECHL now - before I would have been happy with seeing him take time in the AHL to recover....after this, I'd rather see him playing in a league where he can heal, recover and properly dominate.
Hate and proper allocation of assets/hinderances are two different things....I have no hate for the guy; I only think that this further underlines that an opinion that DP shouldn't be skating in an Islanders jersey until his play proves recovery beyond a shadow of a doubt is slipping towards being an obvious fact.
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