#Isles will place Rick DiPietro on waivers tomorrow for purpose of compliance buyout, Newsday has learned.
— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) July 2, 2013
News broke tonight that the Islanders would be placing Rick DiPietro on waivers for the purpose of buying out his contract. The Islanders will have to pay him $1.5 million over the next 16 (!) years. The 31-year-old goaltender will become an unrestricted free agent on July 5th.
It ends a 13 year relationship between DP and the New York Islanders, where DiPietro’s career became the stuff of legends, just not in a good way.
In 2000, he became the first goaltender ever to be drafted first overall by the absolutely ******* insane Mike Milbury New York Islanders even though the Islanders had another young stud goaltender named Roberto Luongo.
It is hard to feel bad for someone who signs a 15-year contract that pays $4.5 million dollars per year, but DiPietro’s hockey career became a tragedy shortly after he signed his ludicrous cont...