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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

End of the road for Ricky?

<<From the Charlotte Checkers website:

Rick DiPietro's time with the Charlotte Checkers has come to an end.

Coach Jeff Daniels confirmed Tuesday morning that the team has released the 32-year-old veteran of 318 NHL games from his professional tryout contract. Since joining Charlotte on Oct. 26, exactly one month ago, DiPietro went 0-4-0 with a 5.18 goals-against average and .846 save percentage.

Following Tuesday's practice, Daniels said that, although he had not spoken directly to DiPietro, he understood the move to have come from the goaltender rather than the Carolina Hurricanes organization, which originally signed the longtime New York Islander following injuries to Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin.

"He called Jim Rutherford last night and thanked him for the opportunity," said Daniels. "He just didn't think it was going to go anywhere.

Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

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