Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 10/21/14

UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 16: Rick DiPietro #39 of the New York Islanders tends net against the Buffalo Sabres at the Nassau Coliseum on January 16, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
When the New York Islanders signed goalie Rick DiPietro to a 15-year contract back in 2006, it appeared that he would be tending the net for the team for well over a decade. Here we are more than six years later, and DiPietro has been assigned to the Islanders’ AHL affiliate in Bridgeport after clearing waivers last week. The Islanders have not had a winning season or made the playoffs since 2006. The past three seasons have presented some particularly trying times for DiPietro, as the 31-year-old has battled injuries, poor play and a fan base that has turned on him. DiPietro has played in only 50 games since the 2007-2008 season, and he recently told News 12 Long Island’s Kevin Maher (via the NY Daily News) that there was a point where his struggles led to suicidal thoughts. “DiPietro told me Isles waiving him felt like, ‘they ripped my heart out, stabbed it, set it on fire and flushed it down the toilet,’” Maher wrote on Twitter while giving followers a preview of an interview tha...
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