The Carolina Hurricanes AHL affiliate Charlotte Checkers have signed former 1st overall draft pick Rick DiPietro to a professional try out.
The 32 year old goaltender was the first selection of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders. The former all-star has appeared in 318 NHL games. He has a record of 130-136-36 through out that time with a 2.87 goals against average and a save percentage of .902.
DiPietro was last seen playing for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League after starting the 2013 shortened season with the New York Islanders, where he played three games for the Isles. He posted a 0-3-0 record with a goals against average of 4.09 and a save% of .855.
The whole situation last year for DiPietro was very ugly. He was sent down to Bridgeport and he said some things in interviews that brought a lot of attention to him in a bad way.
DiPietro will start in the AHL on a tryout contract like Manny Malhotra. If Rick DiPietro ends up playing well, the Hurricanes can sign him, but there is also a possibility other teams can sign him.
Jim Rutherford commented on the deal saying “It’s a safety net and could give us more depth. At this point it’s a PTO. We’ll see what kind of shape he’s in and how he plays.” DiPietro will join the Charlotte Checkers tonight.
Jim Rutherford said Cam Ward will undergo an MRI on Sunday. He also said Anton Khudobin may be able to skate in practice Sunday.
The goalie situation and the Rick DiPietro story will be something to follow. Rick DiPietro will look to resurrect his career in the Carolina Hurricanes organization, and he took the first step by signing a PTO today.