2/26/13

DiPietro Practices at Bridgeport/No AHL To Coliseum-Yet

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/26/2013 04:37:00 PM
Rick DiPietro arrived in Bridgeport, and declined to speak with the Ct Post beatwriter per his twitter account.

Updated:
Nino Niederreiter and Matt Donovan had nothing but praise for DiPietro.

NYIFC Comments:
Little to write beyond he should have been playing over the weekend. One thing to be injured, another to force an organization that's him paid a lot of money, and waited several years for that player to be healthy to force them to be short a goaltender when healthy.

This is a man who went to Germany for work. 

Not acceptable, however now his job is to prove he can remain healthy on a team that's allowed the most goals in the American hockey league, and in free fall.

Kevin Poulin allowing three or more goals in 11/15 starts was not only about Poulin's AHL performance.

DiPietro will prove he is healthy, work off the rust, and get the work he desperately needs or that will be the final chapter of his professional career. 

AHL.com Announces the Cablevision-owned Whale will remain in Hartford (if approved) through the first year of the Islanders in Brooklyn.

NYIFC Comments: 
The Sound Tigers/Howard Saffan, has made clear that Charles Wang's AHL team will remain in Bridgeport through 2021, this means at least for one year past the Isles existing lease the Nassau Coliseum will be without an NHL/AHL tenant of any kind. 

So it's Hartford again? Howard Saffan should have someone register the name Ct Sound Tigers/Islanders.

That would leave the Isles in the position of only adding an ECHL affiliate, if the Coliseum is available or not undergoing renovations/demolition for another project.

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