In what is one of the most stunning moves across the NHL today, the Dallas Stars have officially signed goaltender Braden Holtby to a one-year deal worth $2M.
After spending his entire career with the Washington Capitals, Holtby signed a two-year, $4.3 AAV contract with the Vancouver Canucks last season coming off of a career low .897 SV% in 48 games. After performing even worse in Vancouver — .889 SV% in 21 games — the Canucks opted to buy out the last year of his contract.
What makes this move so puzzling is that the Stars already have three NHL goaltenders on the roster: Ben Bishop, Anton Khudobin, and Jake Oettinger. Bishop, who did not play all of last season while recovering from injury, waived his NMC for the NHL Expansion Draft so that the Stars could protect Khudobin. Oettinger was not eligible to be selected and thus did not require protection.