Newsday’s Arthur Staple reported via Twitter on Monday night that the New York Islanders will place Rick DiPietro on waivers Tuesday with the purpose of using a compliance buyout on DiPietro’s contract, which has eight years remaining at $4.5 million annually.

By using a compliance buyout, the Islanders would pay DiPietro $1.5 million annually for the next 16 years. That money would not count against the salary cap.

“It is an extremely tough decision to use the compliance buyout on Rick’s contract,” Islanders general manager Garth Snow told Newsday. “His drive to win games and compete at the highest level for theNew York Islanders was never questioned. With Rick back at 100 percent health, we wish him nothing but the best as he continues to pursue his career.”

DiPietro made three appearances for the Islanders in 2012-13 before being sent to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League. He went 0-3-0 with a 4.09 goals-against average and .855 save percentage.

The first-overall selection at the 2000 NHL Draft, DiPietro appeared in 319 games for New York, going 130-136-36 with a 2.87 GAA and .902 save percentage.


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