Dallas Stars Daily Links: Bishop on Recovery, Expansion Draft

Bishop talks about his health and why he decided to waive his NMC for the Expansion Draft. Plus, teams are making moves, the top trade targets this offseason, and more.

As reported yesterday, Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop has waived his No-Movement Clause for the NHL Expansion Draft. Since the news broke, Bishop has spoken with the Dallas Morning News explaining his decision:

“I just thought it was best for the team,” Bishop said in a phone interview. “You can see the writing on the walls as far as what might happen. You’ve got Dobby being exposed. I think the Dallas Stars, we still have this window here where we’re trying to win the Stanley Cup. Just thought it was the best thing to do. We all agreed.”

While Bishop acknowledges there’s a chance that Seattle takes him in the expansion draft, his belief is that he will be back in Dallas next season. He’s still not fully recovered from injury as of yet, but hopes to get back to his Vezina-caliber level:

“Still a long ways to go,” Bishop said. “With a little bit of uncertainty, we’ve still got to get to where I can play at an elite level. There’s still a process to be played out here.”

You can read more from Bishop in Matthew DeFranks’s updated story here.

Stars Stories

The Stars are extending their partnership with the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads:

It’s not soley about the Stars, but Bob Sturm does answer questions about them in his latest DFW sports mailbag:

Around the League

Instead of losing him to the Seattle Kraken, the Colorado Avalanche shipped off Ryan Graves to the New Jersey Devils:

Perhaps also expansion-related, the Florida Panthers have opted to buyout Keith Yandle’s contract:

Speaking of Seattle, who exactly should they pick? The ESPN+ crew makes their predictions:

Teams love to acquire more scoring during Free Agency, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t enticing two-way forwards out there:

Other teams will opt to avoid Free Agency, instead looking to improve their teams via trade:

Finally, Gabriel Landeskog is upset about a lack of extension from Colorado yet, but that’s not the only gossip going around the water cooler: