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The Painful Saga of Rick DiPietro

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September 2000

A product of the U.S. National Team Development program and a freshman star at Boston University, DiPietro arrived at the Islanders' training camp in September and pulled a groin muscle during his first practice in full pads. He missed four preseason games and due to his lack of work, the Isles assign him to the Chicago Wolves of the IHL. DiPietro weeps. ''I'm disappointed we weren't able to get a better read, but we all know where we're going in goal for the long range,'' GM Milbury tells The New York Times in what would prove to be a rather ironic statement.

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