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Surprise to no one, Rick DiPietro clears waivers

Feb 23, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

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Yesterday’s news of Rick DiPietro being placed on waivers was a stunning turn of events. Today’s news that he’s cleared waivers and is headed to AHL Bridgeport is much less of a surprise.

Taking DiPietro’s spot on Long Island is goalie Kevin Poulin who will serve as Evgeni Nabokov‘s backup tonight against Buffalo. As you’re probably well aware of now, DiPietro is in the middle of his 15-year contract with the Isles and making a cool $4.5 million a year against the cap.

In truth, DiPietro needs to get work in. He played in just three games with the Islanders this season and didn’t look good in them. Of course he managed to also not get hurt so that’s a good thing. He should get as much time as he needs or wants in Bridgeport to figure out his game.

  1. rushledger - Feb 23, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    I feel like they won’t buy him out this year, they should just do it and get it over with. Maybe next season.

    • valoisvipers - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      They won’t buy him out as they use his contract to help get to the salary cap floor.

      • noisetheorem - Feb 23, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        If they need any help there they can send me a few million. Ill gladly do nothing in return.

  2. rgledz - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    I say if he does well in the minors they should offer him a 10 year extension. Just makes sense…..

    • govtminion - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      Let’s not go overboard here. Eight years and a no-trade clause. ;)

  3. bcisleman - Feb 23, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Joe is just rehashing the company line which Cappy has also been repeating: they are giving RDP a chance to find his game. Thing is, he’s been trying to do that the last 5 years and hasn’t succeeded. He’s tried on the Island a half dozen or more times. He’s tried in Bridgeport before. Heck, he’s even gone to Germany. He has not had a season with a save % above .900 since 2008. He has only reached that plateau once. He may get one more shot in Bridgeport at getting his game back but I would be astonished if he comes back to the Island to play again. At some point even the Bridgeport idea has to end because Anders Nilsson’s career has to be given priority.

    • tuberippin - Feb 24, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      It’s hard to rediscover your game when you’ve had your knees, hips, head and jaw surgically fixed and re-attached to your body on multiple occasion.

      As a side note, can we change the name of the children’s song “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” to “The DiPietro”?

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