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Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro out for season with knee problems

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NEW YORK - New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro is out for the season because of continuing problems with a surgically repaired knee.

The 27-year-old goalie has played only five games and won't see any more action this season, the Islanders announced Tuesday.

"After extensive consultation we feel this decision is in the best interest for Rick and the team," Islanders GM Garth Snow said in a statement. "This will allow Rick ample time to make a full recovery for next year."

DiPietro said the club's decision was the right one.

"This has been one of the most frustrating situations I have ever had to deal with but this is the right decision for me and the team," he said. "I am confident this will allow me to make a complete recovery, be ready in plenty of time for next season and compete to my highest ability for many years to come."

DiPietro, an all-star last season, compiled a 1-3-0 record this year with a 3.52 goals-against average and .892 save percentage.

New York selected DiPietro first overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He has appeared 273 career games with a record of 117-112-8-24, 2.79 GAA and .905 save percentage.

The Islanders (12-29-5) will enter this weekend's all-star break with the fewest wins and points in the 30-team NHL.

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