New York Islanders goalie Rick Di Pietro, the stories say, has an injury history as long and as brutal as the Old Testament. He was drafted first overall in 2000 after racking up a haul of trophies in college including MVP of the Beanpot Tournament.

A man with a lifetime contract that has played only 47 games over the last four seasons, Di Pietro has been whipsawed between surgeries and rehab for the majority of his career. Here's what we know about Rick Di Pietro (or is it Rick Di Pietr'o? He signed a 15-year, -million contract in 2006 that has been the butt of jokes ever since.

Since then, here is a nice Rick Dipietro Top 10 list: Brent Johnson in no uncertain terms broke DP’s face.

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If Rick turned into Henrik Lundqvist, we wouldn’t be having this conversation, would we?

Despite having a decent season in 2006-07, going 32-19-9 with a 2.58 GAA and leading the Islanders to the playoffs, Di Pietro finished the season injured and so began the mayhem.

He played for the Chicago Wolves of the IHL, and in 2001-02 the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL.

But, DP would be back with the big club tin 2002-03, playing in 10 games, getting 2 wins and lowering his GAA to 2.97. He played well, managing a 2.28 goals against average. Things were really looking up, and Isles fans really had something to be excited about.

January, 2009: Islanders GM Garth Snow announces that Di Pietro will miss the rest of the season due to swelling in his knee.

Summer 2009: Phish adds an unannounced and unnamed fifth band member during their reunion tour.

In 2003-04, he finally got the full time starting job and made Milbury look like a genius (we now know otherwise). Di Pietro was named to the US Men’s Hockey Team at the 2006 Torino Olympics held in February. But ,with few exceptions since about 1991, in Islander Country there was always another shoe waiting to drop. Some fans may call September 12, 2006, with apologies to FDR, “A Date Which Will Live In Infamy”.

For it was on that date that the Islanders signed Rick Dipietro to one of the most puzzling contracts in NHL history; a 15 year deal worth .5M.

As Peter Botte of the NY Daily News tweeted, the Islanders will be done paying Di Pietro in 2029, a full 6 years before the Mets are done paying Bobby Bonilla. The future was very bright for Rick Dipietro when then GM “Mad” Mike Milbury maneuvered through the 2000 NHL Entry draft to get what he thought would he his star pupil.

Ok, maybe not a national nightmare, but a local one for sure. The team used it’s compliance buyout on the oft-injured netminder They will owe DP

Summer 2009: Phish adds an unannounced and unnamed fifth band member during their reunion tour.In 2003-04, he finally got the full time starting job and made Milbury look like a genius (we now know otherwise). Di Pietro was named to the US Men’s Hockey Team at the 2006 Torino Olympics held in February. But ,with few exceptions since about 1991, in Islander Country there was always another shoe waiting to drop. Some fans may call September 12, 2006, with apologies to FDR, “A Date Which Will Live In Infamy”.For it was on that date that the Islanders signed Rick Dipietro to one of the most puzzling contracts in NHL history; a 15 year deal worth $67.5M. As Peter Botte of the NY Daily News tweeted, the Islanders will be done paying Di Pietro in 2029, a full 6 years before the Mets are done paying Bobby Bonilla. The future was very bright for Rick Dipietro when then GM “Mad” Mike Milbury maneuvered through the 2000 NHL Entry draft to get what he thought would he his star pupil. Ok, maybe not a national nightmare, but a local one for sure. The team used it’s compliance buyout on the oft-injured netminder They will owe DP $1.5 million the over the next 16 years, but it will not count against the team’s salary cap.January, 2008: Di Pietro supposedly injures his hip during the All-Star Game's Skills Competition.

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Summer 2009: Phish adds an unannounced and unnamed fifth band member during their reunion tour.

In 2003-04, he finally got the full time starting job and made Milbury look like a genius (we now know otherwise). Di Pietro was named to the US Men’s Hockey Team at the 2006 Torino Olympics held in February. But ,with few exceptions since about 1991, in Islander Country there was always another shoe waiting to drop. Some fans may call September 12, 2006, with apologies to FDR, “A Date Which Will Live In Infamy”.

For it was on that date that the Islanders signed Rick Dipietro to one of the most puzzling contracts in NHL history; a 15 year deal worth $67.5M.

As Peter Botte of the NY Daily News tweeted, the Islanders will be done paying Di Pietro in 2029, a full 6 years before the Mets are done paying Bobby Bonilla. The future was very bright for Rick Dipietro when then GM “Mad” Mike Milbury maneuvered through the 2000 NHL Entry draft to get what he thought would he his star pupil.

Ok, maybe not a national nightmare, but a local one for sure. The team used it’s compliance buyout on the oft-injured netminder They will owe DP $1.5 million the over the next 16 years, but it will not count against the team’s salary cap.

January, 2008: Di Pietro supposedly injures his hip during the All-Star Game's Skills Competition.

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Summer 2009: Phish adds an unannounced and unnamed fifth band member during their reunion tour.

In 2003-04, he finally got the full time starting job and made Milbury look like a genius (we now know otherwise). Di Pietro was named to the US Men’s Hockey Team at the 2006 Torino Olympics held in February. But ,with few exceptions since about 1991, in Islander Country there was always another shoe waiting to drop. Some fans may call September 12, 2006, with apologies to FDR, “A Date Which Will Live In Infamy”.

For it was on that date that the Islanders signed Rick Dipietro to one of the most puzzling contracts in NHL history; a 15 year deal worth $67.5M.

As Peter Botte of the NY Daily News tweeted, the Islanders will be done paying Di Pietro in 2029, a full 6 years before the Mets are done paying Bobby Bonilla. The future was very bright for Rick Dipietro when then GM “Mad” Mike Milbury maneuvered through the 2000 NHL Entry draft to get what he thought would he his star pupil.

.5 million the over the next 16 years, but it will not count against the team’s salary cap.

January, 2008: Di Pietro supposedly injures his hip during the All-Star Game's Skills Competition.