12:05 pm – Richard DiPietro, Sr. said today that his son Rick is “doing extremely well” and would be with the Islanders when training camp opens in Saskatoon in mid-September. He could not comment on a timeline for his son’s return to the lineup, but painted an extremely optimistic big picture.
Mr. DiPietro wasn’t sure if his son would be ready to start skating in August (as projected by the club), but called the improvement in his son’s surgically-repaired knee “night and day” compared to last season. He also reported that Rick’s hips – operated on by Dr. Marc Philippon in the summers of 2007 and 2008 – were “no longer a factor. In fact, they are stronger than ever.”
Richard DiPietro was a visitor at today’s opening of Islanders Prospect Minicamp, which featured the debut of John Tavares and 2009 draft pick goalies Mikko Koskinen and Anders Nilsson. Rick DiPietro, the goaltender, is getting married to his longtime girlfriend Cassie next Saturday.