Rick DiPietro (full legal name: Oft-Injured Goaltender Rick DiPietro) may have come to the end of the road on Long Island. The Islanders put him on waivers today after he made just three starts this season—all multi-goal losses—and an era has come to an end.
Everyone but Charles Wang and Rick DiPietro thought it was stupid to sign the former first-overall pick to a 15-year contract back in 2006, and they said as much. But no one could have foreseen the endless series of injuries that would befall him. Here are DiPietro's games played each season since 2008: five, eight, 26, eight, three. (It's crushingly sad that AP style forces us to spell out 80 percent of those totals, since they're under 10.)