Monday’s chapter on Islander goalie Rick DiPietro’s ongoing health and availability drama echoed previous ones.
DiPietro skated on his own prior to the team’s practice, his first work on the ice since suffering a head injury during last Wednesday’s workout. “It’s a good sign that he was on the ice, for sure,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said.
But, beyond that, Capuano said it was impossible to know yet whether DiPietro would resume training with the team on Tuesday, or whether he could be available for the Islanders’ first road trip — they play at Tampa Bay on Thursday and Florida on Saturday.
DiPietro was struck in the helmet by a Brian Rolston shot during drills Wednesday and was diagnosed with a concussion, his fourth since March 2007. Because of various injuries, DiPietro has seen action in just 39 NHL games the previous three seasons; he dressed as the back-up goalie in the team’s first three games this month before sustaining the head injury.
Other injury updates were just as vague: Forward Nino Niederreiter (groin) still is forbidden to skate and defenseman Milan Jurcina (groin) continues to skate on his own.