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Rick DiPietro off IR: Lawson, DiBendetto to Bridgeport

The Islanders announced Rick DiPietro has been activated from IR, and Nathan Lawson and Justin DiBenedetto have been returned to AHL Bridgeport.

[Update: Quotes from DiPietro at the official site here.]

The Sound Tigers could use the assistance in the crease after relying on Joel Martin and the latest PTO off the shelf after Mikko Koskinen's injury. DiPietro will no doubt get one of the two starts this weekend.

As for forwards with the big club, Trevor Gillies' 10-game suspension does not end until after the Atlanta game March 24, so someone else will need to fill DiBenedetto's slot. Newsday's Arthur Staple reports on Twitter that coach Jack Capuano said another forward call-up will be made tomorrow. (He also said Doug Weight is "not close," heh.)

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