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Islanders' DiPietro clears waivers, sent to AHL

Saturday, 02.23.2013 / 12:29 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Islanders' DiPietro clears waivers, sent to AHL

The New York Islanders officially assigned goaltender Rick DiPietro to Bridgeport of the American Hockey League on Saturday.

DiPietro, who was placed on waivers Friday, has eight years remaining on his contract at $4.5 million per season. Injuries and ineffective play have stalled the career of the No. 1 pick in the 2000 NHL Draft.

Including three games this season, DiPietro has only appeared in 50 for the Islanders since the start of the 2008-09 campaign. He has wins in 14 of those appearances.

To replace DiPietro on the roster, the Islanders recalled Kevin Poulin from Bridgeport. Poulin, a fifth-round pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, has appeared in a total of 16 games for the Islanders in the previous two seasons.

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