Rick DiPietro‘s journey to get back in the NHL has ended – at least with the Carolina Hurricanes organization.
The Charlotte Checkers granted the former Islander a release from his tryout today.
In four games with the Checkers, DiPietro did not record a win and had a 5.18 goals-against average and a .846 save percentage. However, it’s also worth noting that the team was going through an awful stretch while DiPietro was with the team.
It’s likely that DiPietro wanted out of the tryout with no chance at returning to the NHL with the Canes. Cam Ward is now healthy, while Anton Khudobin should be back soon. Justin Peters also impressed in the NHL, only pushing DiPietro farther down the depth chart.
DiPietro’s chances of earning an NHL contract with the Hurricanes was a long shot to begin with. The first-overall pick in the 2000 Draft saw an opportunity to compete and took it.
The Canes saw a low-risk, high-reward opportunity and took a chance. It didn’t work, but the Hurricanes didn’t lose anything in the process.
It’s now up to Rick DiPietro to find another team where he can have a chance to get back in the NHL.