Quick Hits: DiPietro thought of suicide, Rask’s contract, Caps claim Volpatti, Three others to waivers, Realignment concerns

3:50 PM

  • New York Islanders: Islanders GM Garth Snow on Rick DiPietro’s comments:

    “We are aware of Rick’s comments today and the severity of them. We will handle them internally as we do with all player matters. This is an opportunity for Rick to play lots of games in Bridgeport.”

3:45 PM

  • Brett Cyrgalis via twitter: “Rick DiPietro on report that he has contemplated suicide: “100 percent” facetious in his interview with @KMaherNews12 #Context” … “DP: “I’m just trying to bring light to fact of how important my wife has been. It’s been a trying last couple years.” … “DP: “There have been times that I’ve been depressed, and I don’t know where I’d be without the support of my wife.” .. “DP didn’t make fun of suicide, instead told @KMaherNews12 how important his wife was to him, and w/o her, “I might have driven into a tree.”

3:05 PM

  • Kevin Maher via twitter: Islanders Rick DiPietro said that with the Isles waiving him felt like: “they ripped my heart out, stabbed it, set it on fire and flushed it down the toilet.” … “DiPietro also admitted injuries, losing and fan hatred over the past 3 years made him think about killing himself at one point.”
  • Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston: Bruins Tuukka Rask will be a free agent at the end of the season and there is nothing new to report on it.

    “I don’t know, probably not,” Rask said after the team’s practice Wednesday morning at Ristuccia Arena. “I haven’t heard anything too crazy, yet, but we’ll see. Good thing I don’t have to talk to the GM, I’ve got an agent for that.”

    Rask signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract last summer and will be inline for a raise.

  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The Capitals claim Aaron Volpatti off waivers from the Canucks. The Flyers put Michael Leighton and Tom Sestito on waivers. The Stars put Tom Wandell on waivers.
  • Ryan Rishaug via twitter: The Oilers were one of several teams that put a claim in on Volpatti. Capitals were lower in the standings, therefore got him.
  • Frank Seravalli via twitter: Seravalli is heading the Oilers could be interested in claiming Tom Sestito off waivers from the Flyers.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: “Told #CBJ would fight like hell if plan is changed to send Detroit to the Eastern Conference and keep #CBJ in Western Conference. In that scenario, NHL realignment would only make matters worse for #CBJ. Travel just as bad, and now they’ve lost only big opponent draw.” Darren Dreger via twitter: “I believe the NHL will fight like “hell” to keep the proposal as is with Det and CBJ moving east. But, imbalance is an issue.”


  1. hotwings

    February 28, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    its unfortunate that dipietro feels that way… it just goes to show you that there is no skeleton key for happiness in life and in this modern era where everyone is seeking for a lottery to change their circumstances or some sugar daddy/mommy to solve all their problems, that you realize that you will always have the emotional equation and moral duty to handle the darker human traits no matter the size of your bank account.

    glad dipietro can be so honest about it and hopefully he can shine a light on those obsessed with casino economy.

  2. hotwings

    February 28, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    dipietro.. troll?

  3. Phil

    February 28, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Poor dipietro can mop up his girly tears with the millions the islanders wasted on him

  4. hotwings

    February 28, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    i saw the interview where he says this… maybe we can get a link up? anyways, he looks serious when he talks about suicide… it seems he just backed away from the comments

  5. Wunschkind89

    February 28, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Yeah, no one jokes about suicide. I think he’s just trying to downplay it so he doesn’t get any microscopes put on him.