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Isles Goalie Rick DiPietro Clears Waivers, Assigned To Bridgeport

Rick DiPietro  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Rick DiPietro (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro has cleared waivers and been assigned to Bridgeport, the team’s American Hockey League affiliate.

In announcing the move on Saturday before their game at Buffalo, the Islanders also recalled goalie Kevin Poulin from Bridgeport. Poulin is expected to take over the role of backup behind starter Evgeni Nabokov. Poulin has a 6-6-1 record in 16 career games with the Islanders over the previous two seasons.

DiPietro’s demotion is the latest blow to the career of an oft-injured player, who’s failed to play up to the 15-year, $67.5 million contract he signed before the 2006-07 season.

This season, DiPietro is 0-3 with a 4.09 goals-against average in three games. There are still eight years at $4.5 million per season remaining on DiPietro’s landmark deal.

The Islanders are at the bottom of the Atlantic Division posting a 7-9-1 record before the facing the Buffalo Sabres Saturday evening.

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