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The Painful Saga of Rick DiPietro

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2011-12 season

The new campaign dawns and DiPietro takes a puck to the mask in practice on October 12, suffering a concussion that puts him out for three games. Returning to the net for a Dec. 3 tilt in Dallas, he tweaks his groin and is placed on injured reserve 12 days later. On January 14, 2012, the Isles announce that DiPietro has a sports hernia that requires surgery and he will be sidelined for 10 weeks. "This is something I thought would just heal up and go away, and instead it got more and more debilitating," DiPietro tells Newsday. "I'm almost bionic at this point."

Newsday calculates that during the past four years, the hoo-doo'ed goaltender has appeared in all of 47 games, winning 14, while being paid $18 million, or a little more than $1.2 million per victory. And there are still nine years left to go on his contract...

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