The Buffalo Sabres on Friday acquired injured goalie Ben Bishop from the Dallas Stars, a move that will help them reach the salary floor next season.
The Sabres also received a seventh-round pick in 2022 in exchange for future considerations.
A degenerative right knee injury ended Bishop’s playing days last season and the Stars placed him on long-term injured reserve. He has one year remaining on his contract with a salary cap hit of $4,916,667, according to capfriendly.com. His base salary is $3.5 million.
Acquiring Bishop’s contract illustrates the Sabres, as expected, will likely remain quiet in free agency again. Last year, they signed a slew of free agents to contracts worth about a $1 million or less.
Before the Sabres added Bishop, they were $18,970,833 under the salary floor and had 15 contracts, according to capfriendly.com. The cap floor was $60.2 million in 2021-22.
The salary cap is projected to be $82.5 million next season.
General manager Kevyn Adams also acquired a contract last season to help the Sabres stay above the floor, trading for injured New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk.