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February 8, 2017 | 3:04pm ET
Stars inquire about Fleury
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Dallas Stars have spoken recently with the Pittsburgh Penguins about the availability of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

While a trade is not believed to be imminent, the Stars have inquired about Fleury's price tag, TFP has learned.

Both of Dallas' goaltenders, Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen, have one-year remaining on their contracts after this season, and both own limited no-trade clauses.

It's believed the Stars are seriously considering a change between the pipes for next season and would prefer to trade one of Niemi or Lehtonen in a deal for a new No.1 goaltender.

Stars owner Tom Gagliardi was present in Toronto on Tuesday night for his team's 3-1 loss to the Maple Leafs and his frustration was evident.

Fleury, 32, has two-years left on his contract beyond this season and earns $5.75 million per year.

He also owns a no-movement clause, which includes a 12-team no-trade clause. It's unknown if Dallas is on that list.

It's unclear, at this point, if trade talks between the Stars and Penguins will continue throughout the month, or if the Penguins would have any interest in bringing Niemi back in a package for Fleury.

Lehtonen's salary cap hit is $5.9 million and Niemi's is $4.5 million, while Fleury's is $5.75 million.

The Stars have also inquired about Ben Bishop's availability in Tampa Bay, though Bishop is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1 and the Stars would undoubtedly want to discuss a contract extension with him before acquiring him from the Lightning.

 
 
 

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