Rick DiPietro Signs with Carolina (Well, their AHL Checkers. On a PTO.)

Catching a PTO. - Paul Bereswill

Rick DiPietro is back. Kind of. You needn't worry about it.

Longtime and oft-injured former New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro is returning to the ice.

He's signing a PTO for the Charlotte Checkers, the AHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes.

There have been a spate of injuries to goalies over the past week, and the Hurricanes organization is among the victims, most recently with Cam Ward suffering an injury that's expected to cost him a few weeks at minimum, with an MRI now on his schedule. Backup Anton Khudobin has also been fighting an injury.

Carolina beat writer Chip Alexander of the News & Observer broke the news on Twitter and elicited confirmation quotes from Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford:

[Fuller story from Alexander here.]

One thing was clear through Rick DiPietro's many, arduous rehab and comeback attempts from his many injuries -- both fluke and chronic -- with the Islanders: He was in shape.

It's the "how he plays" part that ultimately brought about a buyout by the Islanders this past summer.

But, way too much has been written about DiPietro here over the years -- his Comments About per Games Played must be the highest in this site's history.

So we'll just leave it at this: Someone is giving him a chance to make a comeback. Free of the burden of his contract that his body could no longer live up to here, this PTO is probably a better environment to try it in. Good luck.

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