Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - The New York Islanders took the first step
towards using a compliance buyout on goaltender Rick DiPietro, placing him on
unconditional waivers Tuesday.
The 31-year-old DiPietro will be owed $1.5 million over the next 16 years, but
the buyout will not count against the team's salary cap, according to Newsday.
DiPietro, who was the top overall selection in 2000 after just one season
at Boston University, has compiled a 130-136-28 record with eight ties over
his injury-plagued 12-year career. He has played in just 50 games since the
start of the 2008-09 season, including three contests during the truncated
The Islanders signed DiPietro to a 15-year, $67 million contract in the summer
of 2006, but he's been unable to live up to his potential and the terms of the
mega-deal due to a litany of concussions, hip and knee injuries.
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