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Today, Rick DiPietro showed up at the CBA meetings in New York, and a few folks on Twitter and via email were surprised since he's got a team in Germany and all. It went pretty well under the radar and wasn't covered here (oops), but DiPietro came back to North America around the middle of December, when a whole bunch of NHLers were returning home for the holidays or, possibly, "for the holidays" (since the lockout seemed to be nearing a resolution).

The departure of DiPietro as well as fellow NHLer Matt D'Agostini was announced on SC Riessersee's website, with a goodbye postcard (right).

And if you're keeping score, according to, DiPietro finishes his European trip with one league game played.

Tags: News, Rick DiPietro, Editorial Aside, Islanders, sc riessersee, lockout
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