Matt Watkins Named Bridgeport Captain/DiPietro Waivers/Bridgeport

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/22/2013 01:38:00 PM |
Matt Watkins has been named the seventh captain in Sound Tigers history. 

New York has placed Rick DiPietro on waivers, if he clears he will likely become Bridgeport's starting goaltender with Ken Reiter the only other healthy roster goaltender if Kevin Poulin is recalled.

NYIFC Comments:
What makes this even worth writing about in terms of 2013-14 is New York could have sent DiPietro for conditioning which would not require waivers. It's also not the first time DiPietro has gone to Bridgeport to play games during a season, but the first time they put his name on a waiver list.

Kevin Poulin has started seven in a row and 12 of 13 games & to recall him to play last Tuesday would have meant four games in five days. Anders Nilsson is out indefinitely again with an illness which also sidelined him to start the season.

Poulin will likely start again Friday on the road for the Sound Tigers (perhaps Saturday) before a likely recall. 

Not the first time Poulin has been recalled to play against the Carolina Hurricanes for those who remember the 2011-12 post all-star break, Poulin statistically has struggled badly as he enters RFA in summer 2013-14.

The Sound Tigers would have to sign/trade for a goaltender/or contact restricted free agent/Islander property, Mikko Koskinen, who has a binding agreement with another team if the club decided to part ways entirely with DiPietro at this time.