Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop has waived his no-movement clause to be exposed in the Seattle expansion draft next week after approaching the team with the idea, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Thursday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because expansion protected lists from teams are not due to the NHL until Saturday. The league is expected to release them at some point this weekend.
The move allows Dallas to protect veteran goalie Anton Khudobin from the Kraken. Jake Oettinger, considered the Stars’ goalie of the future, is exempt from the expansion draft.
Any player with a no-movement clause must be protected in the expansion draft unless he waives it. Buffalo’s Jeff Skinner is among the players who have agreed to waive that clause and be exposed to Seattle, while Minnesota bought out Ryan Suter and Zach Parise and Florida bought out Keith Yandle — all players with no-movement protection in their contracts.
Bishop, 34, missed last season recovering from right knee surgery. He is signed for two more seasons at a salary cap hit of $4.9 million.
The Dallas Morning News first reported Bishop waiving his no-movement clause, citing general manager Jim Nill.
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