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Totally committed: Isles owner ought to be after making DiPietro deal

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. After demonstrating his long-term commitment to goaltender Rick DiPietro today, there might be enough evidence to finally commit whacked-out Islanders owner Charles Wang.

It had to be some form of mental instability, or perhaps the ability to see a future where old and underperforming goalies are in high demand, that led Wang to sign DiPietro to that 15-year, $67.5 million deal. After all, it's not like Wang hasn't had personal experience with the deleterious effects of handing an absurd long-term deal to a cipher of a player. Surely he's noticed Alexei Yashin idly filling a sweater on game nights in between giggle-filled trips to the bank ever since Wang signed him to that 10-year, $87.5 million deal in 2001.

Of course, laughter's a pretty common theme lately around the Islanders. Their front office follies are almost enough to make you wonder if DiPietro is the crazy one for tying himself down to this sideshow for the rest of his career.

SI.com - Writers - Allan Muir: DiPietro deal definition of insanity - Tuesday September 12, 2006 5:45PM
 

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15 years for a goalie who hasn't done much at all in the NHL? That's insane. :eek:

No one should ever get a 15 year deal IMO. I wouldn't even hand one to Wayne Gretzky or Mario Lemieux when they were putting up insane numbers. You just don't do that.
 
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