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The Painful Saga of Rick DiPietro

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2007-08 season

For the third consecutive season, DiPietro makes 60-plus appearances, but there are ominous signs that the wheels are starting to come off his cart. During the offseason before the campaign, he has surgery on a torn labrum in his hip. In December, he sprains his left knee during pregame warm-ups and is sidelined for three matches. Selected for his first, and so far only, NHL All-Star Game, he tweaks his hip during the skills competition in Atlanta and later needs surgery, which costs him the last nine games of the season. His final numbers: 28-28-0-7, 2.82 GAA, and .902 save pct. The Isles finish at the bottom of the Atlantic Division and fail to make the playoffs.

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