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DiPietro signs with Hurricanes' AHL affiliate

Saturday, 10.26.2013 / 5:49 PM / News


Goaltender Rick DiPietro has signed a professional tryout with the Charlotte Checkers, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes, general manager Jim Rutherford confirmed Saturday to Chip Alexander of the (Raleigh) News & Observer.

DiPietro has not played since the 2012-13 season, which he completed with the New York Islanders' AHL affiliate in Bridgeport. The Islanders used a compliance buyout on the 32-year-old's contract on July 3. At the time of the buyout, DiPietro, the No. 1 pick in the 2000 NHL Draft, ranked second all-time in franchise history with 318 games played.

He began the 2012-13 season with the Islanders before being waived and loaned to their AHL team. In 18 games for the Sound Tigers last season, he finished with a 9-9-0 record, 2.93 goals-against average and .893 save percentage. In his NHL career, DiPietro has a record of 130-136-8-28 with a 2.87 goals-against average and .902 save percentage.

The signing could make sense for the Hurricanes' AHL affiliate, which is short on goaltenders because of injuries for the parent club. Starting goaltender Cam Ward was placed on injured reserve Friday with a lower-body injury. Backup Anton Khudobin was already on IR with a lower-body injury.

The Hurricanes called up Mike Murphy from the Checkers on Thursday, after already bringing Justin Peters to Raleigh when Khudobin was hurt. Left with just a single goaltender on their roster, the Checkers signed former Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Allen York to a PTO contract on Friday.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round