Our sources in NY tell FAUXRUMORS that the Isles are preparing to make an announcement about their goaltending situation. Its not clear yet whether that means that the long awaited DiPietro signing will soon take place, or if they are close to signing a back up.
We were told yesterday that Charles Wang and DiPietro are tennis/basketball partners so negotiations have been jockular to say the least. No word if the terms of the deal will be decided by a friendly game of one on one. ; )
Seriously though, we have heard that the term of the deal could be as long as 10 years like Yashin, but unlikely to be any shorter than 5. The money in the range of 5-6 mil/year would place DiPietro in the top tier of salaries for his position.
The 25 year old, cocky Massachusetts native solidified his grasp on the team's starting position 2 years ago, but has yet to display consistency that the team expected when he was drafted 1st overall in 2000. Spurning Heatley and Gaborik in the process.
As for names we're hearing as back up. The Isles have a penchant for American born tenders, so it would make sense to bring in Rhode Island's Brian Boucher, or upstate NY native Mike Dunham. Both have been rumored to be headed there over the past month.
As always keep it here for the latest!