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IN THE CREASE
Pierre McGuire
April 16, 2001
Is 19-year-old rookie goaltender Rick DiPietro the latest young Islander to enter general manager Mike Milbury's doghouse? Milbury, who in recent years traded high first-round picks such as defensemen Wade Redden, Bryan Berard and Eric Brewer, forward J.P. Dumont and netminder Roberto Luongo, ripped DiPietro behind closed doors two weeks ago for his play in a 6-4 loss to the rival Rangers. After that dressing-down DiPietro didn't start the next two games....
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April 16, 2001

In The Crease

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Is 19-year-old rookie goaltender Rick DiPietro the latest young Islander to enter general manager Mike Milbury's doghouse? Milbury, who in recent years traded high first-round picks such as defensemen Wade Redden, Bryan Berard and Eric Brewer, forward J.P. Dumont and netminder Roberto Luongo, ripped DiPietro behind closed doors two weeks ago for his play in a 6-4 loss to the rival Rangers. After that dressing-down DiPietro didn't start the next two games....

Don't expect Jeremy Roenick of the Coyotes and Tony Amonte of the Blackhawks to be back with their teams next season. Roenick, who'll be an unrestricted free agent this summer, disappointed Phoenix by scoring one goal in 13 games down the stretch after the trade of captain Keith Tkachuk. Amonte, who will earn $3.4 million next season, the final year of his contract, has high trade value. Chicago could obtain a number of young, inexpensive players for him....

The expansion Wild, which sold out every home game, has been a merchandising success as well. Minnesota jerseys were the No. I seller among NHL teams, and the Wild's merchandise sales ($4 million-plus) ranked second to those of the Red Wings, an Original Six team....

The league was smart to assign two outstanding supervisors, Ron Ego and Claude Loiselle, to work the Flyers-Sabres playoff matchup. The teams don't like each other, and the series promised to be mean-spirited....

Scout turned agent Matt Keator, formerly on the Blues' staff, is making a name for himself among players from Slovakia. Keator recently added Islanders defenseman Zdeno Chara to his stable of Slovaks, which also includes Michal Handzus and Ladislav Nagy of the Coyotes.

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