Rick DiPietro Released By the Carolina Hurricanes

rick_dipietro_2013Rick 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.

“I talked to him last week and said right now we have three goalies here and we’re waiting for one of them to step up and be the guy. The opportunity was there for him to do that, but he didn’t feel that it was going to go his way.”

Source: Paul Branecky, gocheckers.com

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