The AHL’s Charlotte Checkers have released goaltender Rick DiPietro from his PTO contract. Yup, things just keep getting worse for the guy.

In five games with the Checkers, DiPietro posted a 5.18 goals against average and .846 save-percentage. Oh, and he didn’t actually record a win, but his goaltending partner, John Muse, did go on to post two shutouts and become AHL player of the week a while back, all while DiPietro was a member of the club. According to Puck Daddy, DiPietro had asked to be released from the contract due to a lack of confidence, and thus he’s back to the drawing board again.

No one could have predicted that DiPietro would spend more time on the IR than on the ice, but he has been limited to 47 games since 2008. His injuries troubles began in March 2007 when he crashed into Montreal forward Steve Begin as he charged to get to a puck at the blue line. DiPietro made a brief return for a few games, but was sidelined again by another concussion that put him out for the rest of the regular season. He did get into some playoff games that spring, all thanks to Wade Dubielewicz’s heroics while Rick was injured.

When DiPietro signed his record 15-year deal with the New York Islanders in September of 2006, fans were hoping they had a future all-star goaltender on their hands. But on February 22nd, 2013, he was placed on waivers, never to see the ice for the Islanders again. The American goaltender made 18 starts in the AHL last season after being demoted by the Islanders, posting a 2.93 goals-against average and .893 save percentage. Considering he was a former first overall pick in the NHL, it’s sad to see this is the quality he is being relegated to at the age of 32.

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