The Dallas Stars have placed goaltender Antti Niemi on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buy-out reports Dallas Morning News reporter Mike Heika.
According to Heika the buyout will cost the Stars $3 million over two seasons for an annual cap hit of $1.5 million. This saves the team roughly $3 million in cap space for 2016-17.
The 33 year-old Finnish goaltender had a dreadful campaign for the Stars in 2016-17, going 12-12-4 with a bloated 3.30 GAA and dismal .892 Sv%. From the moment Stars general manager Jim Nill acquired Ben Bishop from the Los Angeles Kings, it was clear that the team would look to trade or buy out either Niemi or his cohort Kari Lehtonen. With Niemi gone, the crease is clear in Dallas again, but Lehtonen’s future is still up in the air. With Bishop and his new $29,5 million contract in Dallas, Lehtonen’s $5.9 million annual paycheck may be rich for the Stars to stomach.