Later in the afternoon, DiPietro told and ESPN.com's Katie Strang and The New York Post's Brett Cyrgalis respectively that he was "kidding" and being "100 per cent" facetious on his remarks about suicide.
"I'm just trying to bring light to the fact of how important my wife has been," DiPietro told The Post. "It's been a trying last couple years.
"There have been times that I've been depressed, and I don't know where I'd be without the support of my wife."
Islanders' general manager Garth Snow released a statement on Thursday saying the team would address the issue.
"We are aware of Rick's comments today and the severity of them. We will handle them internally as we do with all player matters," said Snow.