Islanders Waive/Demote Rick DiPietro
The New York Islanders are placing Rick DiPetro on Waivers today in order to send him back to Bridgeport on Saturday afternoon and re-call G Kevin Poulin. This is by no means the end of DiPietro’s time with the Islanders Organization, unless he fails to report and risks suspension (like Goalie in the Ether Tim Thomas) or he retires on his own volition. Rick’s cap hit at Bridgeport will be $3.6M. There’s no way another team even remotely claim’s Rick, so this is simply a demotion to Bridgeport.
To be fair, Rick’s demotion is actually welcome news, since his 15 year contract was signed after the 2006 season Rick’s had a maelstrom of hip and knee problems that have essentially destroyed his career. This year as the full-time back up to Evgeni Nabokov, Rick’s hit his lowest low, his GAA in only 3 games is an abysmal 4.06 and has a career worst .855 SV%...not exactly awe-inspiring numbers. This is a hockey decision as Rick just isn’t an asset to the Islanders right now. If he can regain some sort of form in Bridgeport it’d be a good thing. Rick’s hard times are well documented, the former All-Star hasn’t recorded a .900 or above SV% since 2009-2010 (8 games played) and iRk hans’t played more than 30 games since “the troubles” began in 2007/2008. Rick played stellar before “the troubles” and led the Islanders to their last playoff berth against the Buffalo Sabres. If some team claims DP, I’ll personally be shocked….why put yourself on the hook for ALL that money...
Kevin Poulin, Rick’s replacement, has had a bit of a hiccup year for the Sound Tigers going 15-13-2 with a 3.16 GAA and a .906 SV%. Poulin’s been dubbed the “Poulin Wall,” and has the ability to steal games in a way that Nabokov and DP haven’t this year. It will be interesting to see how the Islanders approach using Poulin, either in a splitting of games, or being Nabokov’s back-up or wresting away the Starters role while having one of the active greats as a mentor. It’s exciting yet sobering all at the same time.
As for NY’s other goalies, Anders Nilsson’s having a Mulligan year fighting injury, and Mikko Koskinen is playing well in Finland notching a 18-14-12 record with a 2.10 GAA and a .917 SV% with 6 shutouts for KalPa in the SM-Liiga, unless the Isles move his rights over the summer, he should be in consideration for the starting job next fall. Oh, and if you’re asking me to actually acknowledge the relevancy of Cody Rosen, I refuse.