Islander News Articles 9/3

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/03/2008 10:14:00 PM | | |
Newsday: Katie Strang has an interview with Rick DiPietro regarding his health from last season through the summer and whether he will be at a hundred percent for the season opener, also a few words about Scott Gordon and how much he wants to play this season.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
What's never brought up is how well DiPietro played after the all-star break, how his surgically repaired hip reportedly had no problems all season nor did he suffer any concussions. I did not read all these things about his health when he returned for the playoffs against Buffalo last summer despite having surgery after the series.

One other huge difference no one has written about is DiPietro will have a lot more breaks in the schedule during the second half this season unlike last year where the club did not see one three day break after December aside from the ASG which is why all this talk about locking him into a set schedule now makes little sense just like it would for any other starter.

You can bet the folks in the media who have problems with DiPietro will make sure to always point out the downside first because part of this is about his relationship with the media and his contract.

You see the negative parts about Brodeur played up in the media as soon as he struggles but when he does well we read how under-rated he is or it's outright ignored. When Henrik Lundqvist plays with a family member sick he is praised or given excuses for mediocre play over a few months but when DiPietro suffers a loss in his family he is portrayed as a selfish player regardless of what he does.

Barrie Examiner: Ian Schantz speculates Tomas Marcinko will not be back with Barrie because he's signed by the Islanders.

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  1. Good point about DP. Everyone forgets that the Isles played like three games in October last year, so it was only natural that they'd fall apart as the schedule evened out. Of course, this year's schedule doesn't guarantee a great season for DP, but it doesn't exactly hurt, either.

  2. Hi Bryan,

    Anyone who watched closely knew about the early schedule left too many stretches later with no three day breaks which combined with the injuries/flu was the problem.

    In DiPietro's case no one in the media made the point or were too lazy to bothering checking the schedule. Instead a statistical argument was made to reflect a goaltending struggling who carried his team to a six game winning streak in February and played well in most of his post ASG starts.

    This year he will have a lot of three day breaks in the second half which is why it's silly for the media to write about set numbers of games going into a season.

    For many writers to me it's about his contract or how he gets along with them, nothing more.

    Thanks again.


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