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An absence

So the Islanders’ reserve list alphabetically now goes DiBenedetto, Diamond, Donovan. Weird not to see that name in the middle. Along the lines of what Garth Snow said in the Islanders’ release, Rick DiPietro is one of the most competitive guys I’ve ever been around. Don’t know what the body will let him do, or […] [Read More]

Newsday: DiPietro being bought out

Arthur reports tonight that the era ends shortly: The Islanders will use a compliance buyout on Rick DiPietro, the inaugural Sound Tiger, the man whose 15-year, $67.5 million contract and injuries sadly overshadowed the all-star goalie he had been. The procedure begins with waivers on Tuesday. [Read More]
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Solid 6: cut to four

Had they only gotten to a point where the Phantoms had pulled Cal Heeter, you have to figure Bridgeport needed to get Ty Wishart on the ice. Yeah, there’s the whole “protecting a lead” thing, but there’s also the empty-net goal possibility. The man was one lit lamp away from the Gordie Howe. He had […] [Read More]


Rick DiPietro made 33 saves. Didn’t allow a goal. Since that first period in Hartford, DiPietro has played six games. He has allowed 13 goals in those six games. He has stopped 157 of 170 shots. “I thought he’s been playing solid. His work ethic, like I’ve mentioned before, has been solid,” Scott Pellerin said. […] [Read More]


Twitter will say that about the goalie. And fine, it wasn’t that he showed up and was brilliant. But five goals on 12 shots falls on lots of other shoulders. “We were looking to have a good game for him in his first game,” Nathan McIver said. “We were hoping to have a good start.” […] [Read More]

Looking back, forward, everywhere

Looks like Bridgeport goes with the same lines and pairs, basically, that ended Sunday’s game (with the exception note that Niederreiter and Backman switch sides). The goaltender might draw a little more interest. He plays his first game in Hartford since Feb. 21, 2003, the fourth-to-last AHL regular-season game before he went up for something […] [Read More]

Ever closer (to something)

The Sound Tigers welcomed a group of youngsters from St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services today, which is always neat. As they did last year, a bunch of players stayed afterward to take a bunch of the kids around the ice. The kids got to see 24 players practice, including Johan Sundstrom, back in a full-contact […] [Read More]

You mean the goalie

There was a potentially huge addition for the Sound Tigers on the ice today at Wonderland, on early. Johan Sundstrom got through the pre-practice skate OK. The plan is for him to skate again tomorrow before practice. Out since mid-January after taking a blow to the head, and considering how well he had played, Sundstrom […] [Read More]