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Our advice for Rick DiPietro? Take the rest of the season off

Updated: January 16, 2009, 3:36 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun

We should get an update in the next day or two on goaltender Rick DiPietro as whispers continue to swirl that his season is over.

The key thing is to make sure the New York Islanders get him healthy in time for the last season of his deal -- 2020-21.

OK, cheap shot aside, one has to be concerned if you're in any way connected to the Islanders. Two and half years into a 15-year, $67.5-million contract, the franchise goalie has already missed the end of the 2007-08 season ...

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