Sabres take on contract from Dallas to help get to salary cap floor

Buffalo gets retired goalie Ben Bishop's contract and a seventh-round pick

Buffalo, N.Y. (WGR 550) – The Buffalo Sabres traded for a goaltender on Friday, but it’s not what you think.

Buffalo acquired Ben Bishop and a seventh-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft from the Dallas Stars for future considerations, which will be nothing.

That’s right, trades for nothing are allowed in the NHL.

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Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams was willing to do this, because taking on Bishop’s contract gets them closer to the NHL’s salary cap floor. The trade adds $4,916,667 to Buffalo's salary cap for one season.

Bishop had to retire from the NHL in December due to a career-ending knee injury.

Adams did this in November too when he took on the final year of Johnny Boychuk’s contract from the New York Islanders after he retired.

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Adams told me and Brian Koziol during one of our interviews that he has no trouble taking on dead contracts from teams if the compensation is right.

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