New York Islanders to buyout Rick DiPietro’s contract
The New York Islanders placed goaltender Rick DiPietro on waivers Tuesday to so the team can buyout DiPietro’s contract.
According to ESPN.com, the Islanders will pay DiPietro $1.5 million a year for the next 16 years. In 2006, DiPietro and the Islanders agreed on a 15 year,67.5 million dollar contract.
Once DiPietro’s contract is bought out, he will be able to sign with any team he wants and will be an unrestricted free agent.
According to CBS Sports, injuries have effected Dipietro from staying on the ice as he has only appeared in just 175 NHL games since the 2006-07 season.Last season, DiPietro played in only three games for the Islanders and then was demoted to Bridgeport of the AHL.
The Islanders will look for a replacement for DiPietro as the Islanders have one goalie on the team and that is backup goaltender Kevin Poulin. Last season’s starter Evgeni Nabakov is unlikely to return to the team.
The Islanders drafted DiPietro with the first overall pick in the 2000 NHL draft. He appeared in 318 games and had a record of 130-138-6-28.