RickDiPietroWaivers

Miraculous – Islanders place Rick DiPietro on waivers

Do you believe in miracles? On the 33rd anniversary of the Miracle on Ice, the Islanders made a transaction that got the hockey world buzzing. The team has officially placed goaltender Rick DiPietro on waivers, as seen on the team's site

Assuming DiPietro clears waivers without a team claiming him – let's be honest, it'd take a miracle larger than the Miracle on Ice for that to happen – he will report to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL. Barring an injury, there's no plan for the team to recall him in 2013. 

Go ahead – get your laughter out. The DiPietro saga took yet another strange and unbelievable turn. 

DiPietro still has eight years left on his massive 15-year, $67.5 million contract he was awarded back in 2006. Prior to being waived, DiPietro carried an average cap hit of $4.5 million. Once he clears waivers and heads to Bridgeport, all but $900,000 of his cap hit will stay on the books for the Islanders, as seen in a report from Newsday

How has DiPietro looked this season? About as good as the contract he carries. In three starts he's 0-3-0 with a 4.10 GAA and a save percentage of .855%. That may seem like a small sample of games to base an opinion on, but when you examine his stats from 2011-12 (3.73 GAA, .876 SV%) and 2010-11 (3.44 GAA, ..886 SV%) you can see this isn't an isolated trend.

The DiPietro move effectively means the Islanders will be paying two goaltenders – the other being Tim Thomas – to not play in the NHL. 

The Islanders will roll with Evgeni Nabokov between the pipes while Kevin Poulin will come up from the AHL to be the team's #2 in net. 

David Rogers

About David Rogers

Managing Editor of the NHL blog Puck Drunk Love and contributing writer for The Comeback and Awful Announcing. Firm believer that Ray Hudson is the most entertaining commentator in sports.

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