Rick DiPietro put on waivers by Islanders
|Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro watches the puck during a game against the Senators at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ont., Feb. 19, 2013. (TONY CALDWELL/QMI Agency)
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - The New York Islanders are finally looking to get rid of their own dubious contract.
The Isles put goaltender Rick DiPietro on waivers Friday, where he will likely go unclaimed due to his injury past and 15-year, $67.5 million contract that pays him $4.5 million through the 2020-21 season.
After clearing waivers, he will be sent to Bridgeport of the AHL where his cap hit will be a pro-rated $3.6 million for the remainder of the season.
The 31-year-old American is 0-3-0 with a 4.09 goals-against average and .855 save percentage this season.
Kevin Poulin is expected to be recalled from Bridgeport, according to Newsday, while Evgeni Nabokov will remain the starter.
Drafted by the Islanders first overall in 2000, DiPietro has a career record of 130-136-28 with eight ties, a 2.87 GAA and .902 save percentage in 318 appearances.
AVS CAPTAIN LANDESKOG RETURNING
The Colorado Avalanche will welcome back captain Gabe Landeskog when they facev the Kings in Los Angeles on Saturday.
"I'm finally back," Landeskog told the Denver Post after his first full practice with the team. "It feels good. Today was the first (full) practice with the guys. Finally I get out of that pumpkin jersey."
The reigning Calder Trophy winner has missed his team's last 11 games due to a concussion and leg injury after taking a hit from Sharks defenceman Brad Stuart on Jan. 26 at San Jose.
Landeskog has one goal over Colorado's first four games, but is a plus-three on the season.
BRIEFLY: The New York Rangers won't have forward Rick Nash for their third straight game when they play the Canadiens in Montreal on Saturday ... The St. Louis Blues placed rookie forward Vladimir Tarasenko on injured reserve Friday. The 21-year-old suffered an undisclosed injury in Wednesday's 1-0 overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche.