General Hockey Blogs

Team Blogs

Anaheim Ducks
Battle of California
Duck's Blog (OC Register)

Atlanta Thrashers
Southeast Shootout
Bird Watcher's Anonymous
Blueland Blog

Boston Bruins
Wicked Bruins Fan's Blog
The Bruin's Blog
Bruin's Blog (Boston Globe)

Buffalo Sabres
Die By the Blade
Bflo Blog

Calgary Flames
Open Ice Hits
The Battle of Alberta
Flames Insider (Calgary Herald)

Carolina Hurricanes
Canes Country
Carolina on Ice
Red and Black Hockey

Chicago Blackhawks

Colorado Avalanche
All Things Avs (Denver Post)
Jerseys and Hockey Love
Avs Talk

Columbus Blue Jackets
Bethany's Hockey Rants
Light the Lamp
The Neutral Zone Trap
Puck Rakers

Dallas Stars
Razor With An Edge
Andrew's Dallas Stars Blog

Detroit Red Wings
Abel to Yzerman
On the Wings
Winging it in Motown

Edmonton Oilers
Battle of Alberta
Hot Oil

Florida Panthers
On Frozen Blog (Miami Herald)
Litter Box Cats
Florida Panthers (Sun Sentinel)

Los Angeles Kings
Life in Hockeywood
Frozen Royalty
Battle of California

Minnesota Wild
Wild Puck Banter
Deuce by Definition
Hitting the Post

Montreal Canadiens
Flying Frenchmen
All Habs
Habs Eyes on the Prize

Nashville Predators
What the Puck
The View From 111
Preds on the Glass

New Jersey Devils
Interchangeable Parts
In Lou We Trust
The Beast of the East

New York Islanders
The View From Section 317
The Battle of New York

New York Rangers
The Battle of New York
The Hockey Rodent
Blueshirt Bulletin

Ottawa Senators
Scarlett Ice
Battle of Ontario

Philadelphia Flyers
Flyer Flies

Phoenix Coyotes
Hip Shot Blog
Ice Chips (Arizona Republic)
Five for Howling

Pittsburgh Pengiuns
The Sidney Crosby Show
The Confluence

San Jose Sharks
Battle of California
Mike Chen's Hockey Blog

St. Louis Blues
St. Louis Game Time
The Hockey Chick

Tampa Bay Lightning
Raw Charge
Bolts Blog
Lightning Strikes

Toronto Maple Leafs
Pension Plan Puppets
Battle of Ontario
Raking Leafs

Vancouver Canucks
Canuck's Corner
Canucks & Beyond
The Crazy Canucks

Washington Capitals
Japer's Rink
Puckhead's Thoughts
On Frozen Blog

Blue Jackets Links

Wanging it up on Long Island!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Okay, wow. Is this really happening?

New York Islanders sign Rick DiPietro to a 15-year contract

So let me get this straight. The total amount of this contract is $67.5 million, with the yearly salary being $4.5 million. And if he has to retire due to a career ending injury, he's still guaranteed the money?

Looking beyond the shocking -- and I mean shocking -- length of the contract, the yearly salary is still modest ... but that all hinges on if DiPietro actually becomes a better goalie. So far, his best season consisted of 50 games in 2003-2004, and racking up a .911 save percentage. His overall save percentage is an even .900 over his four seasons playing any games at all with the Islanders.

Adding to that, the guy is virtually untested in the playoffs. With the exception of one game in 2002-2003 where he was injured (stopping all of 3 shots he faced before going down), and then five games in 2003-2004 (he racked up a .908 save percentage and 2.17 GAA), he has had no chance to show if he can pass muster when put in the playoff pressure cooker.

So why do this? What is it that the Islanders' "GM by committee" knows that the rest of us don't? Look at amazing goalies such as Nikolai Khabibulin, who everyone thought would continue to be a "Bulin Wall" all his career, only to become roadkill between winning the Stanley Cup and then signing with the Blackhawks.

Of course that is a bit of an extreme example. Nonetheless, 15 years? While at the moment we can say the yearly salary is definitely a good deal, it's much too risky to go making such a long contract, not knowing what to expect from DiPietro in even the near future.

It seems at the moment that just going by the comments left on TSN's article concerning the deal, people are actually pretty split on ths matter. Honestly, this makes me head spin.
  • At 2:11 PM, Blogger Drew said…

    This is geometrically more insane than the Yashin and A-Rod deals put together.

    Please tell me Dougie would never do something like this. Good grief. I feel bad for whatever fans the Islanders have left.

  • At 2:26 PM, Blogger MetroGnome said…

    Hysterical and pitiful, all at once.

Post a Comment << Home

Jackets Media

"Rick" Roll
Created by Skraut

About Me

Name: Michael
Home: San Tan Valley, Arizona, United States
About Me: A mid-20s male who feels much too old even before he's 30. Has a degree in Sport Management and after branching out and trying a few other things in the job market, has finally decided to go back to his first love of hockey and hope he can break in with a team, big or small, somehow.
See my complete profile

Previous Post


Personal Links