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Awkward: Rick DiPietro, AHL team in same Toronto hotel as Isles

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

DiPietro was with the Isles until this summer when they bought his deal out. (USATSI)
DiPietro was with the Isles until this summer when they bought his deal out. (USATSI)

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The New York Islanders are in Toronto to play the Maple Leafs on Tuesday night in NHL action. The Charlotte Checkers are in Toronto for a pair of games including one on Tuesday night against the Marlines in AHL action.

That's why things might get a little awkward in Canada's biggest city and that's ignoring all of the shenanigans at Toronto City Hall.

Why is that awkward you might ask? Well a certain highly paid goaltender who was bought out by the Islanders this summer now plays for the Hurricanes' AHL affiliate in Charlotte. That of course would be Rick DiPietro, the former No. 1 overall draft pick by the Isles in the 2000 draft. Yup, awkward ...

By the way, the season in the AHL could be going better for DiPietro, a LOT better. He probably won't be trying to rub his post-Isles play in their faces or anything (not that he would regardless, but it's fun to imagine it) as he has really struggled in limited action. In four games for the Checkers DiPietro has an 0-3-0-0 record with a whopping 5.57 goals against average and .839 save percentage. That's not a large sample size but still ... WOOF!

In other words, that situation might be as uncomfortable as seeing an old girl/boyfriend at a high-school reunion. Or getting spotted stirring a cup of Tim Horton's on an NHL bench ...

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