Islanders buy out DiPietro contract

Ranks second all-time in franchise games played by a goaltender with 318

Wednesday, 07.3.2013 / 12:01 PM ET / News
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Islanders buy out DiPietro contract
Ranks second all-time in franchise games played by a goaltender with 318

The New York Islanders announced today that the team has used a compliance buyout on the contract of goaltender Rick DiPietro.

DiPietro, 31, played the entirety of his professional career within the New York Islanders organization. He appeared in a total of 318 career National Hockey League games, putting him second on the club’s all-time goaltender list behind Billy Smith, and finished with a career record of 130-136-8-28. DiPietro also played in 10 NHL playoff games, posting a record of 2-7.

Last season, DiPietro began the campaign with the Islanders before he was waived and subsequently loaned to the Islanders American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He played in 18 games for the Sound Tigers this past season and finished with a record of 9-9-0, a 2.93 goals against average and a .893 save percentage. DiPietro played other portions of his 12-year career with the Sound Tigers and finished with a 56-45-15 record over five seasons. In the Sound Tigers inaugural season, 2001-02, DiPietro helped the club capture the Eastern Conference Championship.

“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.”

DiPietro participated in the 2008 NHL All-Star Weekend in Atlanta, GA. Internationally, he represented the United States of America at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. DiPietro also played in two World Championship Tournaments (2001 and 2005), the 2005 World Cup of Hockey and two World Junior Championship Tournaments (2000 and 2001).

The Winthrop, MA native was originally selected first overall by the Islanders at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He became the first goalie selected first overall in an entry draft in league history.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
5 PIT 77 42 24 11 211 194 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 PHI 77 31 29 17 202 220 79
12 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 78 29 43 6 204 249 64
16 BUF 77 22 47 8 152 258 52

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
M. Neuvirth 1 3 1 .881 2.94

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