In a salary cap related move, Buffalo Sabres buy goalie Ben Bishop of Dallas Stars

BUFFALO N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres Goalie acquired Ben Bishop In a trade Dallas Stars Friday, a salary cap-related paperwork movement involving a veteran who cannot play again due to a degenerative right knee injury.

The Sabres have added Bishop's last year to their contract. It is almost a $5 million cap hit that will allow them to increase their payroll to $60 million. Buffalo also bought a seventh round pick in the draft next month. The cap floor was almost $20 million lower than it was before Bishop's acquisition.

To give them more flexibility, the Stars acquired future considerations for Bishop's salary.

It is impossible to predict when Bishop, 35 years old, will return to playing.

Without saying he's retiring, Bishop announced his career was over in December following a 2½-year saga in dealing with the injury. After the three-time Vezina Trophy winner had given up eight goals during a minor-league rehabilitation stint, his knee began to swell again.

The injury was first noticed during a seven-game second round series loss. St. Louis In the 2019 playoffs, he had surgery to repair his torn meniscus. The pain continued for the next year. Follow-up surgery revealed that his cartilage had nearly worn away.

Bishop, who hails from Denver, said that despite feeling good at some practices, it is still difficult to feel competent enough to play in the league. Bishop grew up playing youth hockey in St. Louis. It's hard when your knee says you can't.

Bishop hasn’t played an NHL match since allowing four goals and 19 shots in a 6-3 loss against Colorado in the second round of the 2020 playoffs.

Bishop is a total of 222-128-36, split among five teams, over 11 seasons starting with 2008-09 in St. Louis. He played for the following organizations: Ottawa, Tampa Bay And Los Angeles.

Bishop led the NHL in goals against average with the Lightning in 2015-16.

Bishop, who was 6'7″ tall and 210 lbs, was the NHL's tallest goalie. He was selected by the Blues during the third round 2005 draft.

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