It is a sad thing to say but after being demoted to the minors the other day, Rick DiPietro's time with the New York Islanders appears to be all but over. It is only evident as Evgeni Nabokov has been playing great and they have a quality backup in Kevin Poulin and let alone Tim Thomas should he decide to come back sometime in the near future. After being drafted first overall back in 2000, he was supposed to be the future of the team but really never lived up to the hype. This was because of some inconsistent play, numerous injuries that have limited him to 47 games the past five years and signing a ridiculous 15 year contract prior to the start of the 06-07 season. Here is what Islanders management should consider if they want to build a championship team long term.
The simplest thing to do here is not bury his huge contract similar to what the crosstown Rangers did (Wade Redden) but simply buy out what is remaining on his 15 year contract this coming off-season. The reason behind it is because his salary will not count against the cap because of the amnesty buyout. Another thing to add is without having his huge salary, the Islanders will not be over the cap as it is expecting to shrink to somewhere in the $64 million dollar range and GM Garth Snow can use that space to add the talent necessary to build a contender. However should Snow decide to go with the buyout, he only has until the end of the 2014 off-season since the amnesty period finishes.