New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro is out indefinitely after suffering a concussion during Wednesday's practice, the team announced Friday.
A slap shot from teammate Brian Rolston on Wednesday cracked DiPietro's headgear. He reportedly stayed on the ice for about 15 seconds before leaving.
DiPietro signed a 15-year, $67.5 million deal in 2006, but has played only 39 games over the past three seasons. He also missed the final six weeks of last season with facial fractures suffered in a fight against Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Brent Johnson.
In case you have forgotten what happened in that very quick bout, the video is below:
Rick DiPietro vs Brent Johnson Feb 2, 2011 (via hockeyfightsdotcom)
Al Montoya has been starting in DiPietro's place, but 36-year old Evgeni Nabokov should also see action in net.
When asked about Nabokov before Thursday's game, Islanders coach Jack Capuano said: "He's an experienced guy. He's gonna get his chance real soon and I'm sure he'll make the most of it."