It looks like we may have seen the end of Rick Dipietro’s NHL career.
The goaltender was released earlier today by the minor league team of the Hurricanes, the Carolina Checkers.
According to the Charlotte Checkers’ website, it was DiPietro who asked to be released from the contract, not the other way around. DiPietro reportedly called Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford to thank him for the opportunity but that did not feel he was in position to make his way up the depth chart.
DiPietro has been on a decline over the past few years, and it seems like he is still on that decline.
DiPietro was waived last season by the New York Islanders, who subsequently bought out the remaining eight years on his 15-year, $67.5 million contract. DiPietro joined the Hurricanes organization last month after Cam Wardand Anton Khudobin went down with injuries.
DiPietro has come long way over the past 13 years in the NHL, but it looks like he could officially be on his way out.
The 32-year-old DiPietro, the top pick in the 2000 draft whose career has been hampered by injuries including multiple hip and knee surgeries, did not play well in his short time with the Checkers. DiPietro went 0-4-0 with a 5.18 goals-against average and .846 save percentage.