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Islanders say G Rick DiPietro's comments about depression, suicide will be handled internally

Thursday, 02.28.2013 / 8:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Islanders say G Rick DiPietro's comments about depression, suicide will be handled internally

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - The New York Islanders say they are aware of goalie Rick DiPietro's comments about depression and suicide, and they plan to handle the matter internally.

DiPietro, placed on waivers and then sent to the minors last week, said in an interview with News 12 Long Island that he has fought depression and pondered suicide because of his history of injuries, the weight of a giant contract and the team's constant losing.

The 31-year-old goalie later told reporters his comments about suicide shouldn't be taken literally because he simply intended to credit the support of his wife during his trying time with the Islanders.

DiPietro, the top pick in the 2000 NHL entry draft, has yet to play for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League since he was sent down last Saturday.

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