As of 11pm tonight, teams will be able to place players on unconditional waivers. Once they pass those waivers -- and they will, I mean who in the hell wants some of these contracts? -- they can be bought out. Many players have already been confirmed to be heading for a buyout per their teams such as Daniel Briere and Ilya Bryzgalov in Philadelphia and Scott Gomez in Montreal. As for the Islanders, there has been no word on Rick DiPietro. Earlier today, Bob McKenzie said that the team hadn't committed one way or the other to DiPietro.
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Yet, somehow Albany's power play found a way to be worse.
Albany was 0-for-3, failing to score on a 5-minute first-period major. Plus, when given a third-period man advantage, the Devils surrendered a shorthanded goal-- the game-winner in the Bridgeport Sound Tigers' 2-0 win.
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Original Story: Earlier today, Kevin Mathers of News12 tweeted some of Rick DiPietro's candid thoughts on being demoted to the AHL. One of those thoughts mentioned DiPietro contemplating suicide, according to Mathers:
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[sny-box]"It's going really well," DiPietro said at Webster Bank Arena after his second Bridgeport practice. "It's an unbelievable group of guys here. I'm looking forward to winning a lot of games with them."[/sny-box]
Today? Well, today's a new day and DiPietro has some things on his mind that are just a bit more intense. And by 'more intense' I mean he's talking about getting his heart set on fire.
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Putting a player with a contract like DiPietro's in the minors usually signals that the player will never suit up for the NHL club again. The player generally spends the rest of their contracted playing years in the minors, eventually either being bought out by the team or working their craft in the minors indefinitely.
It's been a long time coming, but the Islanders finally have decided that having DiPietro on the roster was no longer the best thing for the team.
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Update 10:45pm: The seller responded and says the jersey is from Riessersee's friendly against Peinbenberg on November 9th. Riessersee won that game 12-0 with DiPietro in net. So, apparently DiPietro played three games in Europe with one being a shutout, and that made it under the radar here in North America.
Original story:Yes, folks for the low price of $399 Euros (about $533) you can own a piece of NHL lockout history; the Rick DiPietro SC Riessersee jersey.
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In a disturbingly fast amount of time (considering how long it took to end the lockout) the League and Players agreed to allow teams to use one of their compliance buyouts this season. As as of Saturday teams can put players making $3 million or more through waivers -- basically a formality -- and then will be free to buy them out after which the player can sign for another team or accept a minor league assignment. There's not much benefit for the team to do this. They'll still be dealing with the player's full cap hit all year. It's more of a way to allow the players to find an employer who wants them.
All that being said, it's not likely that Rick DiPietro would get bought out via this method. The Islanders could use a second goalie on the bench, as sitting Kevin Poulin or Anders Nilsson behind Nabokov for the year does those players no good. Also, in this special buyout period, the player has to agree to it. Rick DiPietro still wants to play and doesn't seem to mind doing it in an Islanders uniform.
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#7 - Will there be a 2012-13 season?The deadline for a new CBA has now been set at a little under two weeks from now on January 11th. Finally, mercifully, we'll have either a resolution one way or another.
The way it seems, with both sides inching ever closer to one another, we'll have a deal by then. Neither side is dumb enough to lose a season at this point (right? right?) and there's too much money out there to be made from a partial season for them to continue to sit on their hands. Whether the league caves or the players do is a tough question to answer -- my hunch is some sort but I think both sides know that not having a season is much worse than having a partial season, although a large amount of damage has already been done.
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The departure of DiPietro as well as fellow NHLer Matt D'Agostini was announced on SC Riessersee's website, with a goodbye postcard (right).
And if you're keeping score, according to EuroHockey.com, DiPietro finishes his European trip with one league game played.
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Would amnesty be used on Slick Rick?When it comes to RDP and the Islanders, you never know just how things will work out. While buying him out seems like the obvious choice, well, you just never know. Lighthouse examined the whole situation pretty thoroughly the other day, and had two interesting sticking points that could muddle the relatively easy decision:
It does cause some problems for the Islanders to amnesty DiPietro, however. It would definitely make it harder for the cash-strapped club to make the salary cap floor. $4.5 million is a lot to make up for a club who needed to ride Brian Rolston's undeserved $5 million contract last season for cap purposes.
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@BrettCyrgalis: DiPietro: "I'm great and really enjoying Garmisch! ... I'm feeling good and looking forward to the next game." #Isles
And LHH on their initial mention:
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The short list of candidates to step in is, well, short. The Sound Tigers were great last year at pulling strings and finding ECHL players to step in and fill spots as many of their players were called up to the NHL. If the team wanted instead to look to its own farm system, there are a few candidates. Excluding the seven defenders drafted in 2012 (we'll leave them out for brevity and the obvious assumption that they need more time), the Islanders top defensive prospects not already in Bridgeport are Robbie Russo, Andrey Pedan, Scott Mayfield, and Brenden Kitchon. All four were draft picks in 2011.
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Also, Rick DiPietro met the media earlier in the week:
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Of the New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro legend comes to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The 31-year-old was drafted in 2000 as the No. 1, which he did as the first goalkeeper ever. DiPietro signed in 2006 a 15 (!) Year contract in New York. This was the longest contract in the history of the NHL.
Rick DiPietro has already arrived with his wife in Munich and arrived in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
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The New York Islanders announced today that goaltender Rick DiPietro has been removed from injured reserve.As you were.
DiPietro, 30, had been sidelined since Dec. 3, 2011, first with a groin strain and then with a sports hernia and knee swelling. The Winthrop, MA, native appeared in eight games last season, posting a 3-2-3 record.
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Sure it?s my favorite sport. But over the years an Isles season is like waiting for some new Fall TV show. What will it be: A sitcom? A tear jerking drama? Some sort of reality television? Probably all of the above?