"It's disappointing, obviously," DiPietro told Newsday on Wednesday, hours after the buyout became official. "You know in the salary-cap era after the lockout, it would take a while for some teams to rebuild. The Islanders have obviously gotten to the point where you're finally starting to see that come to fruition. The most disappointing part is that I'm not going to be a part of it."
The Islanders qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2012-13, the first time they made it to the postseason in six years. But they did it without DiPietro; the oft-injured goaltender went 0-3-0 before being placed on waivers and finishing the season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League.