RICK DiPIETRO (KNEE) OUT INDEFINITELYNHL COLUMN: Trade Deadline, Olys, Brendan Burke

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6:00 pm - In a minor deal in which both players will report to the AHL, the Islanders have traded Greg Moore to Columbus for defenseman Dylan Reese.

 

The 6-1, 200-pound Reese is a former seventh round pick of the Rangers who played four years at Harvard. He has 22 points in 51 games this season with the Syracuse Crunch.

 

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Rick DiPietro’s surgically repaired left knee has some swelling. He is sidelined indefinitely.

 

After returning from a doctor’s appointment today, the goaltender did not seem alarmed. “It’s precautionary,” the goalie told a trio of reporters. “The tests were good. Everything looks great.”

 

DiPietro theorized that taking full practices over the last week after more than a week off the ice may have caused the swelling. He said he became concerned this morning when the knee felt sore before leaving for practice. “You fear the worst and hope for the best,” he said. “This is close to the best as possible.”

 

Other than his bout with the flu for four days before the Olympics, DiPietro has not missed a practice or game with the knee injury since his return on Jan. 6. He praised trainer Garrett Timms for reining him in and getting him to the doctor immediately. “You don’t want to turn something minor into something major,” said DiPietro, who has played eight games this season after returning on Jan. 6. “This is a big thing we’re battling back from here.”

 

Scott Gordon only learned of DiPietro’s condition this morning like the rest of us, and chose not to speculate what it all means for DiPietro and the team.

 

The view here is this should not change the Islanders’ approach at the trade deadline. If they can make a good deal for Dwayne Roloson, they should. Plenty of free agent goaltenders will be available on July 1.

 

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Here is this week’s NHL Column for FanHouse, with plenty of material on the Islanders, the trade deadline, the Olympic break and my choice of Brendan Burke as this week’s hero.

 

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Niclas Wallin, Dominic Moore and now Jordan Leopold have been traded for second round picks. My view is Andy Sutton is better and more valuable to a contender. Either way you look at it, a market value has been established.

 

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Based on today’s 75-minute Islanders practice today at Iceworks, here are the probable lines out of the Olympic break:

 

Bailey – Tavares – Okposo

Moulson – Nielsen – Hunter*

Comeau – Schremp – Jackman

Bergenheim – Weight – Park

 

With Josh Bailey back, Matt Martin stays in Bridgeport…for now.

 

*Trent Hunter missed today with a quad strain but is expected to be available Tuesday to face Toews, Kane, Keith and the Blackhawks. Sim was in Hunter’s spot today, keeping Jeff Tambellini in his traditional role as the odd man very out.

 

Streit – Hillen

Sutton – MacDonald

Gervais – Meyer

 

With Jack Hillen ready to return, Dustin Kohn stays in Bridgeport.

 

Roloson

Biron

 

More to come.