Rick Dipietro Close To Playing (updated)

Source: NY Newsday | Dec 16th 2008, 5:05am EST

Last week Rick Dipietro donned full gear and practiced with goalie consultant Sudarshan Maharaj. He's expected to take part in a full team practice today and play it day by day after that.

Update: Dipietro did not practice today (Monday) and is now expected to practice Friday.

Ricky D is returning from his second knee operation in less than five months.

There has been no specific time-line or return date set, however Christmas break has been noted as a possible first game back.