Rick DiPietro loses in his Charlotte Checkers debut

Ian McLaren

Rick DiPietro's road back to the NHL may have hit a bump, as he suffered a loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins in his debut with the AHL's Charlotte Checkers.

The Checkers next game is Thursday, and it's likely that DiPietro will see action on Saturday against the San Antonio Rampage. 

If he improves and the Hurricanes' goaltending injury issues persist, he may end up in Carolina at some point this season.