Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/13/12

New York Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro will undergo surgery for a sports hernia Tuesday that could sideline him for the rest of the season.

It is the latest injury setback for DiPietro, who will go under the knife for the sixth time since 2008.

The 30-year-old DiPietro has appeared in only 47 games over the past four seasons and only eight games this season.

He suffered a concussion early in the season when he was hit in the mask by a puck in practice. After playing eight games, DiPietro was hurt in a game on Dec. 3 and hasn't played since.

Despite the myriad injuries, the former No. 1 overall pick in 2000 told Newsday that he has not thought of retiring.

"Nothing like that has even crossed my mind," he said. "I know I can play."

The newspaper reported that the best-case scenario for DiPietro's return would be the first week of April.

In September 2006, the Islanders signed DiPietro to a 15-year, $67 million contract. It is the longest deal since the new collective bargaining agreement was put in place in 2005.

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