Islanders website: Earlier announced Rick DiPietro had arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a meniscus injury. He will be out 4-6 weeks.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Islanders know they have a franchise goaltender and one of the best in the NHL who was an all-star last season and held his club in the race into January scoring the least goals in the NHL. He's been one of the best in the league since he became the clubs full time starter in 2003-04.
At this point whatever has to be done for him to be a hundred percent healthy has to be the way to go. He took no contact or anyone running his leg and got hurt anyway.
Newsday likely will run him down because of his contract and because the writers seem to have their own issues with him but the only thing he can possiblily be blamed for here (if he can be blamed for anything) was doing all he could to help the club.
It should be noted the league's new injury policy prohibits a club from lying about the information disclosed so if they claim this is unrelated to his summers knee surgery that must be correct.
Only the doctors know if DiPietro was rushing or pushing himself too hard. If Brendan Witt and a lot of other players rushed back no one would fault them for coming back early to help the club.
Same should apply with DiPietro if the media standards are the same.