Dipietro Out for Season = Tavares For Future?

Rick DipietroTotal Pro Sports – With just five games under his belt this season, New York Islanders star goalie Rick Dipietro has been forced to sit out for the rest of the season. After going through 2 surgeries and missing most of the season already, Dipietro still has pain in his left knee.

Hearing the disappointing news on Tuesday night, Islanders star goalie wasn’t too pleased, but feels it will benefit him and the team in the future.

“This has been one of the most frustrating situations I have ever had to deal with, but this is the right decision for me and the team. I am confident this will allow me to make a complete recovery, be ready in plenty of time for next season and compete to my highest ability for many years to come.” — Rick DiPietro

With Rick Dipietro out of the picture for the rest of the season, and the Islanders truly struggling.  They have put up as many points as they have losses this year, is it safe to say that we will be seeing number 91 stitched on a New York Islander jersey next season?

With John Tavares being the projected number #1 pick for the upcoming season, and having a 10 point cushion between the last place New York Islanders and the Atlanta Thrashers, who would argue that John Tavares isn’t already packing his bags to head to New York? If and when Tavares suits up for the Islanders next year, who is going to play on his line? Is he going to have a blow out year as we should expect? Or are we going to witness another Steven Stamkos in the making? Is he going to have little to no ice time playing anywhere from the 2nd to 4th line? Or are the Islanders going to count on him to help achieve their organizations goals?

In conclusion, with one of their worst seasons in decades, the New York Islanders may have a bright future ahead of them after all, if they manage to reel in John Tavares.

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