The Islanders placed Rick DiPietro on waivers Friday, ostensibly for the purpose of sending him down to Bridgeport of the It is unlikely he will be claimed considering his injury history and $4.5 million cap hit that lasts through the summer of 2021. The Islanders plan to recall Kevin Poulin to serve as the number two goaltender behind Evgeni Nabokov for the rest of the season. Poulin has started 13 NHL games over the course of the past two seasons, compiling a record of 6-6-1. He has not yet played in the NHL this season.
As for DiPietro's future, the Islanders could look to buy him out this summer to save 1/3 of the money remaining on his contract after he lost all three of his starts this season. If they choose, the cap hit could also disappear if the Islanders utilize the amnesty buyout provision put in place with the new CBA. The Islanders will also have the option of tolling Tim Thomas's $5 million contract to keep him on their team next season instead of letting him reach free agency.