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Isles announce DiPietro buyout

Jul 3, 2013, 12:58 PM EDT

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The New York Islanders officially announced today that they’ve used a compliance buyout on 31-year-old goalie Rick DiPietro.

“It was an extremely tough decision to use the compliance buyout on Rick’s contract,” Islanders general manager 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.”

For the injury-riddled DiPietro, it means he’ll be paid $1.5 million per year through 2028-29 and is now an unrestricted free agent.

For the Isles, it means ridding themselves of a bad contract, with no long-term cap consequences.

Of course, who will be in goal for the Islanders next season remains up in the air. Inexperienced netminders Kevin Poulin and Anders Nilsson are currently one-two on the depth chart, with last year’s starter, Evgeni Nabokov, expected to test free agency.

The Isles had previously been mentioned in trade speculation related to Jonathan Bernier (traded to Toronto), Cory Schneider (traded to New Jersey), and Roberto Luongo (staying in Vancouver, most likely).

Pending unrestricted free-agent goalies that played significant minutes in 2013 include Ray Emery, Ilya Bryzgalov, Dan Ellis, and Anton Khudobin.

  1. bcisleman - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    When ANA re-signs Koivu & Selanne, as seems likely, ANA will likely deal Hiller. They have been a frequent Islander trading partner so I wouldn’t be surprised if the Isles dealt for Hiller. Khudobin or Emery might also be OK.

  2. islesjb - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Hope Rick can somehow get his mojo back and someone gives him a shot. Dude is a competitor and had a few good years but his body just gave in on him. Gotta give him credit for actually wanting to be an Islander when no one else in the league did.

  3. jacketsfan7 - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    I agree , as long as he stays healthy , he is a truly great goaltender , he wasn’t picked no.1 for no reason

    • tuberippin - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      The issue is that he has not been at 100% health since 2008ish. Since then, he’s had a concussion, hip surgery (2007, torn labrum), another hip surgery (2008), knee surgery (right knee), complications from knee surgery (right knee), a second knee surgery (right knee), more knee issues (left knee), broken orbital bone (Brent Johnson fight), concussion (took a puck to the face in practice), neck injury, a pulled groin that ended up being a hernia and required surgery, and headaches…adding up to a little over 175 games missed. Since 2007-08 he’s played in 47 games and posted a record of 14-24-7 with a GAA in the mid-3.00s.

      So all of this is to say that if you want DP on your team…he’s all yours. This Isles fan got tired of defending Rick years ago.

  4. sdelmonte - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    At last our long national goalie nightmare is over.

    Though it is still hard to swallow paying him every year for the next 16 years!

  5. canucks30 - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Looks like it’s Bryzgalov time for the Islanders

  6. deadrabbit79 - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    This is great but are they planning on doing anything else is the question? Bryz would be a bad choice(Ron Burgandy voice)

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