|Assets:||Owned superior puck-handling and clearing skills. Was extremely active in and out of the crease area. Had the confidence of a perennial all-star puck stopper.|
|Flaws:||Battled an incredible string of injuries, which destroyed his development. Was rushed to the NHL too quickly, so he was quite unpolished. Was not reliable at all.|
|Career Potential:||Incredibly fragile, yet talented goaltender.|
|NHL||Named to play in the NHL All-Star Game||2007-08|
|HE||Rookie of the Year||1999-00|
|HE||Second All-Star Team||1999-00|
|11/26/2013||Released by the Charlotte Checkers (AHL).|
|10/26/2013||Signed by the Charlotte Checkers (AHL) to a professional tryout contract.|
|7/03/2013||Contract bought out by the New York Islanders.|
|7/02/2013||Placed on waivers by the New York Islanders.|
|2/23/2013||Assigned to Bridgeport (AHL).|
|2/22/2013||Placed on waivers by the New York Islanders.|
|10/10/2012||Signed with SC Riessersee (Germany).|
|4/07/2012||Missed the last 58 regular season games (groin).|
|12/15/2011||Groin, injured reserve.|
|12/08/2011||Groin, sidelined indefinitely.|
|10/25/2011||Missed 4 games (concussion).|
|10/13/2011||Concussion, sidelined indefinitely.|
|3/18/2011||Missed 20 games (facial injury).|
|3/16/2011||Facial injury, day-to-day.|
|2/10/2011||Facial injury, injured reserve.|
|2/05/2011||Facial injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|1/23/2011||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|1/20/2011||Missed 1 game (groin).|
|1/15/2011||Missed 5 games (strained groin).|
|1/06/2011||Strained groin, day-to-day.|
|12/26/2010||Missed 3 games (swollen left knee).|
|12/21/2010||Swollen left knee, injured reserve.|
|12/18/2010||Knee injury, day-to-day.|
|4/11/2010||Missed the last 22 regular season games (left knee injury).|
|2/13/2010||Left knee injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|1/04/2010||Missed 33 games (knee surgery).|
|12/17/2009||Recalled from Bridgeport (AHL).|
|12/03/2009||Assigned to Bridgeport (AHL) on a conditioning assigment.|
|9/05/2009||Knee surgery, sidelined indefinitely.|
|4/12/2009||Missed the last 41 games of the regular season (swollen right knee).|
|1/08/2009||Swollen right knee, day-to-day.|
|1/02/2009||Missed 3 games (groin).|
|12/26/2008||Missed 27 games (knee surgery).|
|10/27/2008||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|10/13/2008||Missed 2 games (knee injury).|
|9/22/2008||Knee injury, early October.|
|4/05/2008||Missed the last 9 games of the regular season (hip surgery).|
|3/19/2008||Hip surgery, remainder of the regular season.|
|3/08/2008||Missed 3 games (personal reasons).|
|3/02/2008||Personal reasons, day-to-day.|
|1/03/2008||Missed 3 games (knee injury).|
|12/27/2007||Knee injury, day-to-day.|
|4/14/2007||Missed the last 7 games of the regular season and Game 1 of Round One against the Buffalo Sabres (headache).|
|3/20/2007||Missed 2 games (neck injury).|
|3/15/2007||Neck injury, day-to-day.|
|12/07/2006||Missed 1 game (lower body injury).|
|12/05/2006||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|10/21/2006||Missed 3 games (groin).|
|9/12/2006||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the New York Islanders to a 15-year contract.|
|1/12/2006||Missed 5 games (sprained left knee).|
|12/31/2005||Sprained left knee, day-to-day.|
|12/30/2005||Knee injury, left Friday's game.|
|11/03/2005||Missed 1 game (bruised knee).|
|11/01/2005||Bruised knee, day-to-day.|
|10/19/2005||Missed 1 game (mild concussion).|
|10/14/2005||Mild concussion, day-to-day.|
|10/13/2005||Mild concussion, left Thursday's game.|
|9/07/2005||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the New York Islanders to a one-year contract.|
|7/29/2005||New York Islanders tendered a qualifying offer.|
|3/27/2004||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|1/02/2004||Recalled from Bridgeport (AHL).|
|12/29/2003||Assigned to Bridgeport (AHL).|
|7/22/2003||Re-signed by the New York Islanders to a one-year contract.|
|4/18/2003||Assigned to Bridgeport (AHL).|
|3/09/2003||Recalled from Bridgeport (AHL).|
|3/05/2003||Assigned to Bridgeport (AHL).|
|2/27/2003||Recalled from Bridgeport (AHL).|
|2/21/2003||Assigned to Bridgeport (AHL).|
|1/22/2003||Recalled from Bridgeport (AHL).|
|1/02/2003||Assigned to Bridgeport (AHL).|
|12/18/2002||Recalled from Bridgeport (AHL).|
|11/29/2002||Assigned to Bridgeport (AHL).|
|11/23/2002||Recalled from Bridgeport (AHL).|
|10/08/2002||Assigned to Bridgeport (AHL).|
|1/26/2002||Assigned to Bridgeport (AHL).|
|1/24/2002||Recalled from Bridgeport (AHL).|
|1/23/2002||Assigned to Bridgeport (AHL).|
|1/22/2002||Recalled from Bridgeport (AHL).|
|10/01/2001||Assigned to Bridgeport (AHL).|
|1/27/2001||Recalled from Chicago (IHL).|
|12/15/2000||Assigned to Chicago (IHL).|
|12/12/2000||Recalled from Chicago (IHL).|
|12/03/2000||Assigned to Chicago (IHL).|
|11/29/2000||Recalled from Chicago (IHL).|
|11/06/2000||Assigned to Chicago (IHL).|
|11/05/2000||Recalled from Chicago (IHL).|
|9/26/2000||Assigned to Chicago (IHL).|
|6/24/2000||Drafted by the New York Islanders in the 1st round (1st overall) in 2000.|
Rick DiPietro gets released from AHL contract | 11/26/2013 12:27 PM
NewsRick DiPietro has been released from his contract with AHL Charlotte.
ImpactIt was DiPietro that requested the release. He's trying to work his way back into the NHL, but probably didn't do himself any favors with his 5.18 GAA and .846 save percentage in five contests with Charlotte.
Rick DiPietro still dreams of Stanley Cup | 11/09/2013 10:59 AM
NewsGoaltender Rick DiPietro is trying to let go, but it hasn't been easy.
ImpactHe dreams of returning to the NHL and winning a Stanley Cup, but he also laments parting with the Islanders just before they started turning the corner. "I've been a part of a lot of average teams and rebuilding teams over the last 12 years," DiPietro said. "That was really the most frustrating part. Finally, when things seemed to be turning around in Long Island and coming to fruition, I'm gone. I don't know if it's even sunk in yet totally. I'm still trying to sell my house in Long Island and move on." The Islanders' former franchise goaltender is now playing for the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League, the minor-league affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes. He had given up nine goals in two starts. At 32, he said he still is trying to get past his days with the Islanders, who are paying him $1.5 million a year for the next 16 years after buying out his contract in July.
DiPietro struggles in 1st AHL start of 13-14 | 11/01/2013 8:56 AM
NewsRick DiPietro kicked out 25 of 29 shots in his first AHL start with the Charlotte Checkers.
Raleigh News & Observer
ImpactNot exactly the start the Carolina Hurricanes were likely hoping for after DiPietro signed a professional tryout with their AHL squad. Carolina is hurting for goaltending help, but DiPietro probably isn't the answer.
Rick DiPietro signs PTO with AHL Charlotte | 10/26/2013 5:44 PM
NewsRick DiPietro has agreed to a professional tryout with Carolina's AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers.
Chip Alexander on Twitter
ImpactHe will join the team Saturday night. DiPietro as bought out by the New York Islanders in July. The oft-injured netminder will join the Hurricanes' organization as a contingency plan. Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin are out with injuries, so Carolina has an inexperienced tandem of Justin Peters and Mike Murphy right now.
Rick DiPietro bummed about buyout from Isles | 07/03/2013 9:39 PM
NewsRick DiPietro is frustrated that he won't be a part of the Islanders as they start to emerge as contenders.
Arthur Staple on Twitter
Impact"The Isles are finally (turning a corner) and the most disappointing part is that I won't be a part of it," DiPietro said. The netminder who was bought out by the Isles still wants to continue his career in the NHL and said he's healthy. "I definitely want to play," he said. DiPietro will be paid $1.5 million for the next 16 years as part of the buyout.
Isles' buyout of Rick DiPietro now official | 07/03/2013 12:40 PM
NewsThe New York Islanders' buyout of goalie Rick DiPietro became official Wednesday.
ImpactThe Islanders will pay DiPietro $1.5 million per season for the next 16 seasons as a result of the move but won't have to deal with his cap hit, injuries or the looming shadow of his massive contract anymore. "It was an extremely tough decision to use the compliance buyout on Rick's contract," GM 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."
Islanders officially put DiPietro on waivers | 07/02/2013 12:43 PM
NewsThe New York Islanders officially placed Rick DiPietro on unconditional waivers Tuesday.
Islanders on Twitter
ImpactThe move was made with the intention of buying out the veteran goalie, who spent part of last season with the team's AHL affiliate. The Islanders will owe DiPietro $1.5 million per season for the next 16 season, but they won't have his salary on their cap after buying him out.
Report: Isles to use buyout on Rick DiPietro | 07/01/2013 9:16 PM
NewsThe New York Islanders will place Rick DiPietro on waivers Tuesday for the purpose of using a compliance buyout on the goalie, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Arthur Staple on Twitter
ImpactThe DiPietro saga is finally coming to an end. The goalie who became more famous for his contract and injuries than his play will finally get a chance to redeem himself and the Islanders get DiPietro's cap hit off their books. The Isles will owe DiPietro $1.5 million per season for the next 16 seasons, but it's the best move for both parties.
Rick DiPietro's future in state of flux | 07/01/2013 12:56 PM
NewsA decision on Rick DiPietro's potential buyout could be coming soon from Islanders GM Garth Snow.
New York Newsday
ImpactIt shouldn't come as any kind of surprise that New York was unable to trade DiPietro's contract on draft day. Evgeni Nabokov might be heading to free agency on Friday, so the Islanders may need to keep DiPietro in the fold if they can't bring in another goaltender.
Islanders silent on potential buyouts | 06/26/2013 6:57 PM
NewsThe New York Islanders still haven't stated what their plans are when it comes to using their compliance buyouts.
Arthur Staple on Twitter
ImpactRick DiPietro is at the forefront in this regard. The Islanders aren't hard up for cap space, but DiPietro is signed through the 2020-21 season at a salary cap hit of $4.5 million per year.
Report: Isles try to give away Rick DiPietro | 06/04/2013 5:20 PM
NewsThe New York Islanders have made it known they'll try to make it worth teams' while to take Rick DiPietro off their hands, according to CBC's Elliotte Friedman.
ImpactBeyond the fact that DiPietro couldn't even stick in the NHL last season, his massive contract is really putting Islanders GM Garth Snow in a bad spot. Still, according to the report the Isles are willing to part with a draft pick or prospects or possibly even absorb a bad contract in the trade in order to dump DiPietro. Unfortunately for them, as one GM told Friedman, "That will have to be one heck of an asset."
Rick DiPietro gives up five, lasts one period | 03/01/2013 10:30 PM
NewsRick DiPietro gave up five goals and lasted only one period for Bridgeport in his first game since being demoted.
ImpactObviously no fantasy implications here, but with all the news he's made lately -- not to mention that pricey contract -- it was worth mentioning. He made only seven saves. DiPietro's due to get a good number of starts from here on out in the AHL, but not if he plays like this. Suffice to say, the climb is very steep for him to get back to the NHL.
DiPietro clarifies controversial comment | 02/28/2013 7:04 PM
NewsRick DiPietro clarified some controversial comments that surfaced Thursday when he jokingly talked about suicide.
New York Daily News
ImpactNews 12 Long Island sports anchor Kevin Maher tweeted excerpts from the interview that talked about DiPietro's "injuries, losing and fan hatred over the past 3 years made him think about killing himself at one point." DiPietro told several news outlets that the suicide comment was "100 percent facetious" and he didn't mean for that statement to be taken seriously. He was just trying to talk about the support that his wife has given him during some hard times in his career. The fiasco resulted in the Islanders releasing this statement from GM Garth Snow: "We are aware of Rick's comments today and the severity of them. We will handle them internally as we do all player matters. This is an opportunity for Rick to play lots of games in Bridgeport."
DiPietro stays upbeat despite AHL demotion | 02/28/2013 11:34 AM
NewsRick DiPietro is maintaining a good attitude despite being demoted to the AHL last week.
New York Newsday
Impact"The last couple of years, with all the injuries, if it's taught me anything, it's that I need to enjoy what I do," DiPietro said Wednesday after practicing with his Bridgeport teammates. "It's a good opportunity to play a lot of games and get sharp. At the end of the day, you want to compete. You want to win. That's what I want to do." He joined the team Tuesday and should get his first start this weekend with the Sound Tigers playing games Friday, Saturday and Sunday. DiPietro posted a 0-3-0 record with an .855 save percentage and a 4.09 GAA with the Islanders prior to being placed on waivers and ending up in the minors.
Rick DiPietro clears waivers, sent to AHL | 02/23/2013 3:19 PM
NewsRick DiPietro has successfully cleared waivers.
Katie Strang on Twitter
ImpactNo surprise there. Who would want DiPietro's $4.5 million annual cap hit through 2020-21? DiPietro will get a chance to shake off some of the rust that he's accumulated after years of injuries in the minors. He might still rebuild his career, but we can't recommend owning him in anything but the very deepest of keeper leagues at this time.
Islanders put G Rick DiPietro on waivers | 02/22/2013 1:07 PM
NewsNew York Islanders waive G Rick DiPietro.
ImpactThis could be end of the DiPietro's injury-filled Isles career that appeared doomed from the moment he signed that 15-year contract. The Islanders plan to recall Kevin Poulin from Bridgeport once DiPietro clears waivers. DiPietro will then be assigned to the club's AHL affiliate and the Islanders will have roughly $9 million in cap space committed to a pair of goaltenders not playing in the NHL.
Report: Isles set to waive DiPietro on Friday | 02/22/2013 12:29 PM
NewsThe Islanders plan to waive G Rick DiPietro at noon ET on Friday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Arthur Staple on Twitter
ImpactDiPietro has been awful in all of his starts and Staple reports the Isles plan to assign him to AHL Bridgeport if he clears waivers, which he will given the size of his contract. If this the end of DiPietro's NHL career, it surely is a sad way to go for the injury-riddled netminder who could never shake the massive 15-yearcontract he signed years ago. Staple reports the Isles will recall Kevin Poulin to replace DiPietro on the roster.
Rick DiPietro allows 3 in defeat to Ottawa | 02/19/2013 11:18 PM
NewsRick DiPietro made 23 saves on 26 shots in a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Ottawa Senators Tuesday night.
ImpactIt was a rare start for DiPietro, who hasn't seen much action behind Evgeni Nabokov this campaign. He has lost all three of his appearances this year and hasn't looked particularly good in any of them.
Rick DiPietro likely to play against Senators | 02/19/2013 10:08 AM
NewsRick DiPietro is likely to start Tuesday night at Ottawa.
New York Newsday
ImpactEvgeni Nabokov was kept in goal for the entirety of Monday afternoon's 7-0 loss to Philadelphia. He could probably stand to get the night off, but said he would be ready if he got the nod.
Rick DiPietro gets saddled with loss Monday | 02/12/2013 12:28 AM
NewsRick DiPietro got saddled with loss Monday night against the Carolina Hurricanes.
ImpactThe injury prone goaltender allowed five goals on 30 shots in the contest in just his second start of the season. DiPietro might stay healthy this season, but even if he does, his fantasy value will be limited and should be avoided. Look for Evgeni Nabokov to be between the pipes in the Islanders next game.
Rick DiPietro is expected to start Monday | 02/11/2013 12:31 PM
NewsRick DiPietro will be the New York Islanders' starting goaltender on Monday.
Islanders.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactIt will be just DiPietro's second start of the season. Evgeni Nabokov and the Islanders have been struggling lately, so this could be a golden opportunity for DiPietro to get back into the battle for the starting job. It wouldn't be surprising to see DiPietro start again on Thursday if he has a strong performance tonight.
Rick DiPietro might get the nod Monday | 02/11/2013 11:39 AM
NewsRick DiPietro might get his second start of the season on Monday.
New York Newsday
ImpactNothing has been confirmed yet, but Evgeni Nabokov has lost four straight games and has allowed three goals in each of his last three contests. DiPietro hasn't played since Jan. 25.
Rick DiPietro allows four goals Friday | 01/25/2013 10:42 PM
NewsRick DiPietro kicked out 23 of 27 shots in a 4-2 loss to the Boston Bruins on Friday.
ImpactDiPietro might stay healthy this season, but even if he does, his fantasy value will be limited. At this point, he should be regarded as a backup goaltender on a mediocre team and be valued accordingly.
Rick DiPietro will make season debut Friday | 01/25/2013 1:20 PM
NewsRick DiPietro will play between the pipes on Friday.
Arthur Stape on Twitter
ImpactDiPietro's health has been an ongoing concern for years, but at this point it might be moot from a fantasy perspective in standard leagues. Evgeni Nabokov started in the Islanders' first three games and should get the bulk of the team's playing time regardless of DiPietro's status.
Rick DiPietro should start soon for Islanders | 01/24/2013 12:08 PM
NewsRick DiPietro will probably get his first start of the season soon.
New York Newsday
ImpactEvgeni Nabokov is slated to make his third straight on Thursday, but the Islanders play again on Friday versus Boston before facing the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday. Look for DiPietro to make his season debut in one of those games.
DiPietro ready to bounce back after injuries | 01/09/2013 12:52 AM
NewsRick DiPietro is optimistic about his chances to make an impact in net for the Islanders after years of injury problems.
Impact"I feel great. I've had such extensive surgeries, they say it takes a couple of years after that serious of surgery to actually feel back to yourself. I think a lot of the stuff was me rushing back too soon, or just having other stuff go wrong because you compensate for surgery that really hadn't quite yet come back all the way," he said. "I've had some time off to get ready and get prepared, and I'm looking forward to it." DiPietro played just one game in 2012 with SC Riessersee in Germany. Evgeni Nabokov enters camp as the Islanders' incumbent starter, but its worth tracking DiPietro's progress in the coming weeks.
|Did not play||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2004-05||Did not play||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Games Played In||63||2 times-last: 2007-08 (NYI)|
|Shutouts||5||2 times-last: 2006-07 (NYI)|
|Goal Against Average||2.36||2003-04 (NYI)|
|Save percentage||.919||2003-04 (NYI)|
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