New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro cleared waivers and was assigned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers yesterday, the team announced. The Islanders recalled goaltender Kevin Poulin from Bridgeport and he will get the nod in goal tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes, Jesse Eisenberg of the Islanders Communications Dept. said Sunday afternoon.
Arthur Staple of Newsday reported that DiPietro was placed on waivers on Friday. In a recommended article Staple wrote yesterday, the writer explores the situation and factors such as salary cap implications in relation to the new collective bargaining agreement.
DiPietro was born in 1981 in Winthrop, Massachusetts and was the first overall pick in the 2000 NHL draft. He would sign an eye-popping and now legendary 15-year contract with the Islanders in 2006.
Injuries have plagued DiPietro’s career but over the years he had impressive seasons. He posted a 30-win season for the Islanders in 2005-2006 and a 32 win campaign the following season. He played for the United States Olympics team in 2005-2006.
Poulin will share the net minding load with number one goaltender Evgeni Nabokov. Poulin is 22-years-old and has played in 16 career games with the Islanders going 6-6-1 with a 2.67 GAA and a .918 save percentage. In 96 career AHL games, all with the Sound Tigers, Poulin has a 51-37-5-7 record, the team stated in a press release. They added that last season, he earned AHL Goaltender of the Month honors for January after recording three-straight shutouts to open the 2012 calendar year.
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