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Rick DiPietro of the New York Islanders looks (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Rick DiPietro of the New York Islanders looks on before a game against the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

The ups and downs of Rick DiPietro

In 318 games with the Islanders, Rick DiPietro was 130-136-36 with a 2.87 GAA and .902 save percentage before the team officially placed him on waivers July 2 to buyout his contract. A look at the goaltender's highs and lows in 11 years with the Isles.

June 24, 2000: Isles GM Mike Milbury deals
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June 24, 2000: Isles GM Mike Milbury deals away top goaltending prospect Roberto Luongo and selects DiPietro first overall. |

Jan. 27, 2001: At the age of 19,
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Jan. 27, 2001: At the age of 19, DiPietro makes his NHL debut, a 2-1 loss to the Sabres. DiPietro would go 3-15-1 in his rookie season. |

Oct. 11, 2003: Records his first career shutout,
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Oct. 11, 2003: Records his first career shutout, a 6-0 win over the Sabres. Goes on to establish himself as the Isles starter with a 23-18-5 record and 2.36 goals-against average. |

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February 2006: In the midst of another solid
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February 2006: In the midst of another solid season as the Isles' No. 1 goaltender, DiPietro is selected as the U.S. Olympic starter in Turin. |

Sept. 12, 2006: Signs a 15-year, $67.5-million contract,
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Sept. 12, 2006: Signs a 15-year, $67.5-million contract, the longest of its kind in NHL history. |

March 5, 2007: Sets franchise record with 56
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March 5, 2007: Sets franchise record with 56 saves in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Rangers. |

March 13, 2007: Suffers a concussion against the
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March 13, 2007: Suffers a concussion against the Canadiens. After another concussion less than a month later, is forced to miss Game 1 of the Isles’ first-round playoff series against the Sabres. |

Summer 2007: Has surgery for a torn labrum
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Summer 2007: Has surgery for a torn labrum in his hip, the first surgery of his career. |

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Nov. 19, 2007: Records his 100th win, a
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Nov. 19, 2007: Records his 100th win, a 2-1 victory over the Rangers. |

Jan. 26, 2008: After his first All-Star selection,
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Jan. 26, 2008: After his first All-Star selection, injures his hip in the skills competition. Plays until March, when another surgery ends his season. Also has knee surgery in June. |

Jan. 20, 2009: After another knee surgery and
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Jan. 20, 2009: After another knee surgery and a brief return, shut down for the season after playing five games. |

March 2, 2010: Placed on injured reserve with
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March 2, 2010: Placed on injured reserve with swelling in his knee after playing in seven games that season. |

Feb. 2, 2011: Challenges Penguins goaltender Brent Johnson
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Feb. 2, 2011: Challenges Penguins goaltender Brent Johnson to a fight; a punch causes facial fractures and DiPietro misses nearly the remainder of the season after surgery. |

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Feb. 19, 2013: Loses 3-1 to the Senators
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Feb. 19, 2013: Loses 3-1 to the Senators in Ottawa, his final game with the team. |

Feb. 22, 2013: Placed on waivers and ultimately
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Feb. 22, 2013: Placed on waivers and ultimately sent to AHL Bridgeport, where he finishes out the season. Is not recalled when Bridgeport's season ends to be with the Islanders during their playoff appearance. |

July 2, 2013: Islanders officially waive DiPietro in
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July 2, 2013: Islanders officially waive DiPietro in the first step toward buying out his unprecedented 15-year, $67.5-million contract signed just before the 2006-07 season. |

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