The San Jose Sharks have traded the negotiating rights to goalie Antti Niemi to the Dallas Stars for a seventh-round pick.
Niemi, 31, posted a 31-23-7 record in 61 games with the San Jose Sharks last season with a .914 save percentage and a 2.59 goals-against average.
The Finnish netminder has appeared in 338 career NHL games with the Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks, posting a 190-100-40 record with a .916 save percentage and a 2.39 GAA.
Niemi was the starting netminder for the Blackhawks 2010 Stanley Cup-winning team but was let go by the team when it walked away from his $2.75 million salary arbitration award. He instead signed a one-year deal with the Sharks for 2010-11 and extended his deal with the Sharks for the following four seasons at an average annual value of $3.8 million.
He also won a bronze medal at the 2014 Olympic Games, despite not seeing any ice-time with the Finnish team.