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Islanders franchise skating on thin ice

RICK DiPIETRO, 2001-12 | 315 games played |

RICK DiPIETRO, 2001-12 | 315 games played | 130-133-36 T/OTL
Like it or not, the truth is that Rick DiPietro is the closest the Islanders have come to a franchise goalie since Billy Smith. Drafted first overall in 2000 and given a 15-year, $67.5 million contract in 2006, he's had a bumpy ride to say the least. He has been successful at times -- he was 32-19-9 with a .919 save percentage as the Islanders made the playoffs in 2006-07 and was an All-Star in 2007-08. But since a hip injury suffered during the skills competition of the '08 All-Star Game, he has been a disappointment, playing in 34 games since. He has also won only two playoff games in 10 years. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

The front cover of today’s Newsday had a huge story on the future of the Islanders franchise and its dim future if things don’t change. You can read the story by Jim Baumbach and Randi Marshall by clicking here.

In this video General manager Garth Snow says he is optimistic about the Islanders' future, despite all of the team's struggles this season. Videojournalist: Jim Staubitser

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