But, IMHO, in for a penny, in for a pound. Don't limit it, buy it for all the fans. Saying 5,000 ends up with to many people saying, gee, rich guy with huge guaranteed money and he cheaps out. Not saying its fair, just a better way to go.
It rarely comes up that the injury that began this cascade of fragility occurred when DiPietro was taking part in the shootout at the skills competition. Meaning he was selected to the All-Star game. Which means he was playing up to his contract at the time.
He's fragile, but it's not his fault someone offered him a 15-year 64M deal. You'd all sign it.
This kills me, he's going to get heckled and what not. Just please retire after this DP or announce that he will be bought out. He's a great guy but while under contract he is a constant reminder of this organization failing.
Isles were just eliminated from the playoffs...again.
Would you give up $40.5 million dollars just to "do the right thing?" Just because Milbury is an idiots, does not mean DP would want to pass on those dollar figures. If you do buy him out, then the cap hit is $1.5 million until 2030. Christ, I'll be well on my way to half a century before you guys finish paying him off. If Long Island spent to the cap, this might be helpful but so long as they float just above the floor. You are better off eating his salary.
I can't believe people are complaining about this.
He does nothing at all, complaints, he does something nice, complaints.
He could be pulling nuns and children from burning buildings on a daily basis and it does not change the fact he is no longer an NHL capable goaltender. For a team that has not won a playoff series in 2 decades and is now 5 straight years in the lottery, that is all that matters.
If Rick Dipietro wants to give the fans of Long Island a gift, he should stand at center ice before puck drop and announce his retirement.