Originally written on Puck Drunk Love  |  Last updated 10/21/14
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The New York Islanders have activated goaltender Rick DiPietro off of the injured reserve list. The news, as reported by the team's official site, comes off as a bit comical considering the date is August 1st and the Islanders last played back on April 7th. DiPietro has been on the mend since December 3rd of 2011, recovering from a list of injuries that number more than what some players deal with over the course of several seasons. DiPietro first suffered a groin strain followed by a sports hernia and some swelling in his knee.  Will 2012-13 be the year DiPietro finally avoids the dreaded IR list?  Poor DiPietro. Of course, we don't mean that literally considering the netminder is about to enter the seventh year of his massive 15-year, $67.5 million contract. Earning $4.5 million a year, DiPietro is far from being poor.  Instead, we mean poor DiPietro in the sense that the netminder has been the punch line of jokes ever since the Islanders signed him to a massive ...
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