◾️ In the aftermath of Aaron Rodgers' shocking season-ending Achilles injury, we listed out five of the most devastating injuries in Islanders’ history. While none of them were accompanied by the anticipation that preceded Rodgers’ first game as a member of the New York Jets, each was painful in their own unique way.
Whether it was losing Lee for a playoff run, Turgeon to a cheap shot, or DiPietro’s career starting to unravel, these injuries are engrained in the minds and hearts of the fans who watched them happen.
📚 SOUND SMART: Rick DiPietro is the only Islanders goaltender to appear in over 60 games in three consecutive seasons. Starting in 2006-07, DP played in 63, 62 and 63 games. He cut his 2007-08 season short to undergo hip surgery and only plated in 50 more games for the Islanders across the next five seasons.
🎥 ISLES REWIND: On September 12, 2006, the Islanders signed G Rick DiPietro to a landmark 15-year contract. The mega-deal was supposed to pay the brash and confident netminder $4.5 million each season until 2021, totaling $67.5M. But after a long string of injuries and bad luck derailed his career, the team bought out DiPietro's contract on July 3, 2013, resulting in the team paying the 2008 NHL All-Star $1.5M annually through the 2028-29 season.