Well – it seems that the goaltender is back in the states, after all….
Rick DiPietro, has returned from Germany. He played all but one game for SC Riessersee, and apparently, came back to the US in Mid-December. Here is a post from the ESPN NHL Rumor Mill, per Victoria Matiash.
After competing in one game overseas, Rick DiPietro is apparently back in North America for good.
According to Islanders Point Blank, DiPietro actually left his lower-tier German squad — SC Riessersee — around mid-December. Despite the only one match played, the pricey netminder is reportedly healthy. In addition to veteran Evgeni Nabokov, youngsters Anders Nilsson and Kevin Poulin are expected to battle DiPietro for playing time between the pipes for the New York Islanders.
Signed until 2021, DiPietro is considered one of the most prominent buyout contenders if such a clause is to be included in the next CBA.
Interesting, eh? Wonder how ‘healthy’ is actually is.