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DiPietro, mercifully, just another player

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08:34 AM ET 09.08 | Ah, normalcy. For the past three seasons Rick DiPietro has experienced and endured more than most players in the NHL. But after the numerous injuries, surgeries, setbacks and rehabs that have dictated most of his mid-20s, DiPietro has attained something that has been relatively foreign for him in recent years: normalcy. Unlike previous seasons when he was hindered or limited by injuries, DiPietro is not working on an independent timetable or playing catch-up. Instead, DiPietro was in net and facing shots from teammates Tuesday, gearing up for the start of training camp next week just like everyone else.

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September 8, 2010  09:05 AM ET

An insane contract but with that aside i hope the guy has some sort of NHL career. He has the dough now im sure he just wants to play.

September 8, 2010  09:07 AM ET

DiPietro, mercifully, just another player

Yup, he's just another "normal" guy with a 15 year $67.5 million guaranteed contract.

September 8, 2010  09:08 AM ET

But can he beat out Rollie? Dont they have a third goalie too?

September 8, 2010  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

DiPietro, mercifully, just another playerYup, he's just another "normal" guy with a 15 year $67.5 million guaranteed contract.

Hey, its good work if you can get it.

September 8, 2010  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Hey, its good work if you can get it.

Best job ever was Gary Kubiak giving "clipboard" to John Elway. A well paid backup his entire career behind a stud. Barely even had to play in preseason...

September 8, 2010  10:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

DiPietro, mercifully, just another playerYup, he's just another "normal" guy with a 15 year $67.5 million guaranteed contract.

Precisely. You don't sign a contract like that and expect "normalcy."

Hey Rick, you want normalcy? Give me all that money and take my damn job living paycheck to paycheck...that's normalcy.

September 8, 2010  12:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

But can he beat out Rollie? Dont they have a third goalie too?

Biron is long-gone, he is with the Rags.

September 8, 2010  01:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

But can he beat out Rollie? Dont they have a third goalie too?

I just checked and they have a Rookie listed as #3 on the Depth Chart...

As far as Ricky goes... He know has about 12 years (of the original 15) to earn some of that contract...

September 8, 2010  02:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

DiPietro, mercifully, just another playerYup, he's just another "normal" guy with a 15 year $67.5 million guaranteed contract.

and a hellava reputation of getting injured...........FAST!

September 8, 2010  04:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

DiPietro, mercifully, just another playerYup, he's just another "normal" guy with a 15 year $67.5 million guaranteed contract.

So doesn't that make him a normal guy with a normal contract in the NHL these days?

September 8, 2010  04:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

and a hellava reputation of getting injured...........FAST!

Lloyd's of London would go broke insuring this guy

 
September 9, 2010  01:01 PM ET

Unless he can refigure how to position himself to block shots, he will remain a fragile, short term player. Bobby Orr may not have been much worse off for his last two seasons.

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