Possible missed opportunity for Kent Hughes: a trade is about to happen between Dallas and Buffalo

Published June 10, 2022 at 3:33 PM

The Buffalo Sabres are already preparing for this summer. It appears, according to Kevin Weekes' report, that the organization is close to acquiring Ben Bishop in a trade with the Dallas Stars. Bishop announced his retirement from professional hockey last season due to injury, so this move is entirely for salary cap purposes.

Bishop's contract has a cap hit of nearly $4.9M while the team that signs him only has to pay him $3.5M in actual salary. This is a much more attractive contract for Buffalo to acquire than, say, Shea Weber, who takes $7,857,143 on the payroll for the next four seasons. The only advantage with Weber is that the organization will have to pay him $3M next season and $1M in the last three years of his contract in real salary.

It will be interesting to see what it cost the Stars to get rid of Bishop's contract. It will be a good indicator of what Kent Hughes will have to give to get rid of his captain.

Is this a missed opportunity for Hughes? Could he have traded Shea Weber to the Sabres?
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