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Islanders officially cut ties with Rick DiPietro, buy out final 8 years of goalie's contract

Wednesday, 07.03.2013 / 1:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Rick DiPietro is now a former New York Islanders goalie after he cleared waivers and had his long contract bought out by the team.

The Islanders used a compliance buyout Wednesday to remove the final eight years of the goalie's deal from the club's salary cap.

New York will pay the 31-year-old DiPietro $1.5 million for each of the next 16 years — double the years left on his original 15-year pact with the Islanders.

The No. 1 pick in the 2000 draft, DiPietro has been limited to 50 NHL games since the 2008-09 season, plagued by multiple concussions and hip and knee injuries that required surgery.

In 318 career NHL games, all with the Islanders, DiPietro went 130-136-8-28. Only Billy Smith played more games in goal for New York. DiPietro was 2-7 in 10 career playoff appearances.

It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.

— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday