The New York Islanders have placed goaltender Rick DiPietro as of 12 p.m. ET on Friday. The Isles confirmed a report by Arthur Staple of Newsday just after DiPietro hit the waiver wire.
Staple reports that the organization is placing DiPietro on waivers with the intent of assigning him to its American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Following the waiver process, the club plans to recall 22-year-old goaltender Kevin Poulin.
DiPietro has played in three games this season and has allowed three goals or more in each contest. As of Friday morning, DiPietro has a .855 save percentage and a 4.09 goals against average.
The 31-year-old goaltender is currently in the seventh year of a 15-year, $67.5 million contract, which carries an annual average value of $4.5 million.
Injuries have been a constant in DiPietro's career and have forced him to miss considerable playing time. Over the course of the last five years, he has played in a combined 50 games. If DiPietro clears waivers, the Islanders will carry him and Tim Thomas on the salary cap with the intent of not having either man play in any games for the team.
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