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Rick DiPietro | Goalie | #39

Team: Carolina Hurricanes
Age / DOB:  (36) / 9/19/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 210
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 1 (1) / NYI

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Rick DiPietro has been released from his contract with AHL Charlotte.
It was DiPietro that requested the release. He's trying to work his way back into the NHL, but probably didn't do himself any favors with his 5.18 GAA and .846 save percentage in five contests with Charlotte. Tue, Nov 26, 2013 12:27:00 PM

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Goaltender Rick DiPietro is trying to let go, but it hasn't been easy.

He dreams of returning to the NHL and winning a Stanley Cup, but he also laments parting with the Islanders just before they started turning the corner. "I've been a part of a lot of average teams and rebuilding teams over the last 12 years," DiPietro said. "That was really the most frustrating part. Finally, when things seemed to be turning around in Long Island and coming to fruition, I'm gone. I don't know if it's even sunk in yet totally. I'm still trying to sell my house in Long Island and move on." The Islanders' former franchise goaltender is now playing for the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League, the minor-league affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes. He had given up nine goals in two starts. At 32, he said he still is trying to get past his days with the Islanders, who are paying him $1.5 million a year for the next 16 years after buying out his contract in July.
Source: Newsday
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 10:59:00 AM

Rick DiPietro kicked out 25 of 29 shots in his first AHL start with the Charlotte Checkers.

Not exactly the start the Carolina Hurricanes were likely hoping for after DiPietro signed a professional tryout with their AHL squad. Carolina is hurting for goaltending help, but DiPietro probably isn't the answer.
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 08:56:00 AM

Rick DiPietro has agreed to a professional tryout with Carolina's AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers.

He will join the team Saturday night. DiPietro was bought out by the New York Islanders in July. The oft-injured netminder will join the Hurricanes' organization as a contingency plan. Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin are out with injuries, so Carolina has an inexperienced tandem of Justin Peters and Mike Murphy right now.
Sat, Oct 26, 2013 05:44:00 PM

Rick DiPietro is saddened that he won't be a part of the Islanders as they start to emerge as contenders.

"The Isles are finally (turning a corner) and the most disappointing part is that I won't be a part of it," DiPietro said. The netminder who was bought out by the Isles still wants to continue his career in the NHL and said he's healthy. "I definitely want to play," he said. DiPietro will be paid $1.5 million for the next 16 years as part of the buyout.
Wed, Jul 3, 2013 09:39:00 PM

The New York Islanders' buyout of goalie Rick DiPietro became official Wednesday.

The Islanders will pay DiPietro $1.5 million per season for the next 16 seasons as a result of the move but won't have to deal with his cap hit, injuries or the looming shadow of his massive contract anymore. "It was an extremely tough decision to use the compliance buyout on Rick’s contract," GM Garth Snow said. "His drive to win games and compete at the highest level for the New York Islanders was never questioned. With Rick back at 100% health, we wish him nothing but the best as he continues to pursue his career."
Wed, Jul 3, 2013 12:40:00 PM

The New York Islanders officially placed Rick DiPietro on unconditional waivers Tuesday.

The move was made with the intention of buying out the veteran goalie, who spent part of last season with the team's AHL affiliate. The Islanders will owe DiPietro $1.5 million per season for the next 16 season, but they won't have his salary on their cap after buying him out.
Tue, Jul 2, 2013 12:43:00 PM

The New York Islanders will place Rick DiPietro on waivers Tuesday for the purpose of using a compliance buyout on the goalie, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.

The DiPietro saga is finally coming to an end. The goalie who became more famous for his contract and injuries than his play will finally get a chance to redeem himself and the Islanders get DiPietro's cap hit off their books. The Isles will owe DiPietro $1.5 million per season for the next 16 seasons, but it's the best move for both parties.
Mon, Jul 1, 2013 09:16:00 PM

A decision on Rick DiPietro's potential buyout could be coming soon from Islanders GM Garth Snow.

It shouldn't come as any kind of surprise that New York was unable to trade DiPietro's contract on draft day. Evgeni Nabokov might be heading to free agency on Friday, so the Islanders may need to keep DiPietro in the fold if they can't bring in another goaltender.
Mon, Jul 1, 2013 12:56:00 PM

The New York Islanders still haven't stated what their plans are when it comes to using their compliance buyouts.

Rick DiPietro is at the forefront in this regard. The Islanders aren't hard up for cap space, but DiPietro is signed through the 2020-21 season at a salary cap hit of $4.5 million per year.
Wed, Jun 26, 2013 06:57:00 PM

The New York Islanders have made it known they'll try to make it worth teams' while to take Rick DiPietro off their hands, according to CBC's Elliotte Friedman.

Beyond the fact that DiPietro couldn't even stick in the NHL last season, his massive contract is really putting Islanders GM Garth Snow in a bad spot. Still, according to the report the Isles are willing to part with a draft pick or prospects or possibly even absorb a bad contract in the trade in order to dump DiPietro. Unfortunately for them, as one GM told Friedman, "That will have to be one heck of an asset."
Source: CBC
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 05:20:00 PM

Rick DiPietro gave up five goals and lasted only one period for Bridgeport in his first game since being demoted.

Obviously no fantasy implications here, but with all the news he's made lately -- not to mention that pricey contract -- it was worth mentioning. He made only seven saves. DiPietro's due to get a good number of starts from here on out in the AHL, but not if he plays like this. Suffice to say, the climb is very steep for him to get back to the NHL.
Fri, Mar 1, 2013 09:30:00 PM

Rick DiPietro clarified some controversial comments that surfaced Thursday when he jokingly talked about suicide.

News 12 Long Island sports anchor Kevin Maher tweeted excerpts from the interview that talked about DiPietro's "injuries, losing and fan hatred over the past 3 years made him think about killing himself at one point." DiPietro told several news outlets that the suicide comment was "100 percent facetious" and he didn't mean for that statement to be taken seriously. He was just trying to talk about the support that his wife has given him during some hard times in his career. The fiasco resulted in the Islanders releasing this statement from GM Garth Snow: "We are aware of Rick's comments today and the severity of them. We will handle them internally as we do all player matters. This is an opportunity for Rick to play lots of games in Bridgeport."
Thu, Feb 28, 2013 06:04:00 PM

Rick DiPietro is maintaining a good attitude despite being demoted to the AHL last week.

"The last couple of years, with all the injuries, if it's taught me anything, it's that I need to enjoy what I do," DiPietro said Wednesday after practicing with his Bridgeport teammates. "It's a good opportunity to play a lot of games and get sharp. At the end of the day, you want to compete. You want to win. That's what I want to do." He joined the team Tuesday and should get his first start this weekend with the Sound Tigers playing games Friday, Saturday and Sunday. DiPietro posted a 0-3-0 record with an .855 save percentage and a 4.09 GAA with the Islanders prior to being placed on waivers and ending up in the minors.
Thu, Feb 28, 2013 10:34:00 AM

Rick DiPietro has successfully cleared waivers.

No surprise there. Who would want DiPietro's $4.5 million annual cap hit through 2020-21? DiPietro will get a chance to shake off some of the rust that he's accumulated after years of injuries in the minors. He might still rebuild his career, but we can't recommend owning him in anything but the very deepest of keeper leagues at this time.
Sat, Feb 23, 2013 02:19:00 PM

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