DiPietro clears waivers, Islanders recall Poulin

New York Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro cleared waivers and was assigned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League Saturday.

The team also called up Kevin Poulin to back up Evgeni Nabokov.

DiPietro, who has an annual salary cap hit of $4.5 million, has not played a full season as a starter since the 2007-08 campaign. This season the former first-overall pick from the 2000 NHL Draft, is 0-3 this season with a goals against average of 4.09 and a save percentage of .855.

Poulin has appeared in 16 career games with the Islanders, posting a 6-6-1 record with a 2.67 GAA and a .918 save percentage. The 22-year-old Montreal native leads all Sound Tigers this season in games played (32), wins (15) and save percentage (.904). The Islanders selected Poulin in the fifth round (126th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

In early February the Islanders acquired netminder Tim Thomas from the Boston Bruins in order to remain above the cap floor, but it is unlikely that Thomas will ever suit up for the Isles as he plans on sitting out the 2013 NHL season.