DiPietro signs tryout deal with Hurricanes AHL affiliate Staff

10/26/2013 6:24:19 PM

Rick DiPietro is back in professional hockey.

Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford confirmed on Saturday that the former New York Islanders goaltender had signed on for a 25-game professional tryout with the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League, Carolina's AHL affiliate.

Rutherford also said that the former NHL All-Star and American Olympian will join the team on Saturday night.

DiPietro was the first-overall pick in the 2000 NHL Draft, but never lived up to expectations with the Islanders. He famously signed a 15-year, $67.5 mill. deal with the club in September of 2006.

The 32-year-old native of Winthrop, Massachusetts was waived by the Islanders three games into last year's shortened season and was finally bought out by the team in July.

DiPietro has a career mark of 130-136-36 in 318 career games.

The Hurricanes are currently without starting goalie Cam Ward, who sustained a lower body injury and is expected out for three-to-four weeks, and back-up Anton Khudobin is recovering from a lower body injury of his own and is expected to begin skating on Sunday. Justin Peters is the current starter in their steads.