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Goalie Rick DiPietro signs PTO with AHL Charlotte Checkers

Oct 26, 2013, 6:34 PM EDT

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Rick DiPietro once signed a 15-year, $67.5 million contract with the New York Islanders. That deal, signed in the wake of the second lockout, began in the 2006-07 season.

On Saturday, it was reported that the American goaltender has now signed a professional tryout with the Charlotte Checkers, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes.

As per Chip Alexander of the News & Observer, Dipietro will join the Checkers tonight.

“It’s a safety net and could give us more depth. At this point it’s a PTO. We’ll see what kind of shape he’s in, how he plays,” Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford told the News & Observer.

Dipietro, formerly a first overall pick in the 2000 NHL Draft, played only three games for the Islanders last season.

He was dispatched to Bridgeport in the AHL, but his numbers down there were less than impressive. He posted a 9-9-0-1 record, with an .893 save percentage and 2.93 goals-against average.

The Islanders announced in July that they had used one of their compliance buyouts on DiPietro.

The Hurricanes find themselves in a tough spot with regards to their goaltending situation.

Earlier this week, the Hurricanes confirmed that Cam Ward will miss three-to-four weeks with what appeared to be a lower-body injury.

  1. jacketsfan7 - Oct 26, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Yay! I’m happy to hear this
    Hopefully he gets his career back on track and can be a good backup in the NHL , but for now , the AHL should help get him back on track

  2. multiplemiggs - Oct 26, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    North Carolina is a beautiful place to commit suicide.

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - Oct 27, 2013 at 3:02 AM

      You should plan a trip to NC then shouldn’t you?

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - Oct 27, 2013 at 3:06 AM

      Oh and PHT DUMBFU-CKS

      Yet another example why your part of the NBC network is SH!T, this comment has been sitting here for how long?

      You guys are worthless
      No talent hacks who allow sh1t like this constantly
      Remember when you said you would be moderating the comment section?

      Do us a favor and go fu-ck off somewhere and quit and allow someone else to work the site you lazy pieces of garbage

    • storminator16 - Oct 28, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      Sorry, folks didn’t like your brand of comedy. They probably forgot the entire situation regarding the “s” word and Dipietro’s silly joke. Ah, the Inter Webs. Bravo, you. Bravo.

  3. caniacx4 - Oct 26, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Really Rutherford? Talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel. WTH there are a lot more great , younger goalies out there in the nhl that would love to come in and try for the starting job cause we can’t put anymore faith in injured riddled cam. Once injured badly these guys are never the same. MAKE A TRADE JIMMY!!

    • c9castine - Oct 28, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      It’s an Hal tryout not a tryout for cam wards job calm down. Having dipietro there could actually push your prospects forward

  4. jacketsfan7 - Oct 26, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Multiplemiggs that’s not even remotely funny.

    • storminator16 - Oct 28, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      I believe he is making a joke based on Dipietro’s “joke”. Multiplemiggs isn’t the villian here, it is/was Dipietro. Do anyone remember the truth around this situation other than a handful of folks?

      Whatever. Dipietro will be injured in a week.

  5. whiskytango333 - Oct 27, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    “Hey Rick….BOO!”

    – Brent Johnson

  6. slysipops - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    hey come on …maybe he needs the money

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