The Islanders twitter feed reports, the team will issue an official statement on Saturday regarding Rick DiPietro.
NHL.com based upon Cablevision owned Newsday: Is reporting Rick DiPietro needs sports hernia surgery, who comments along with general manager, Garth Snow.
The bottom line is the doctors have told DiPietro he can return from this injury, he wants to continue his career, and the general manager expects he can return.
There is nothing here that says this is related to his knee.
Of course, this continues a three headed goaltender system, with three more prospect goaltenders (one in Europe) and decisions to be made on Nabokov and Montoya on a team that has barely been able to keep one goaltender healthy for half a season.
Or the biggest problem that it's another lost year for DiPietro, where he took steps backwards, and did nothing to work rust off his game or prove durable even compared to last season.
It's at the point where management cannot wait for him or give him an opportunity vs other goaltenders in the system. As written the other day, the Isles can make future arrangements for him to play regularly elsewhere until he proves durable and effective.