The New York Islanders removed goaltender Rick DiPietro from the injured reserve, the team announced Wednesday.
DiPietro appeared in eight games last season, going 3-2-3 with a 3.73 goals-against average and a .875 save percentage. However, the 30-year-old had been sidelined since Dec. 3, 2011 with multiple injuries. The Winthrop, Ma., native dealt with a groin strain, sports hernia and knee swelling.
After signing a 15-year, $67.5 million contract extension with the Islanders in 2006, DiPietro has been snake bitten and injury riddled, although he was named an NHL All-Star in 2008.
DiPietro was the first-overall pick in the 2000 NHL Draft and in 315 career NHL games he is 130-133-8-28 with a 2.86 GAA and a .903 save percentage.