After acquiring his rights in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings, the Dallas Stars signed goaltender Ben Bishop to a six-year, $29.5 million contract Friday, the team announced. They have to get rid of one of their two incumbent goalies.
In this edition of the hotstove, we share our thoughts on Dallas' acquisition of Ben Bishop and the six-year extension that followed. That was back when there was only one high school in the suburban area north of downtown Dallas where the Stars' practice facility is located.
"I think we're both at the stage of our careers where it's more about winning", Bishop said. "This offers us the opportunity to negotiate with him before the free agency period begins".
Bishop indicated he looked forward to having Kari Lehtonen, who is set to make $5 million next season, as a goalie partner. The Stars are reportedly likely to buy out Niemi should neither be taken by the Golden Knights in the expansion draft.
The 30-year-old posted a 18-15-5 record with a 2.54 goals-against average and a.910 save percentage with a single shutout over 39 games split between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Kings in 2016-17. Since-fired Kings general manager Dean Lombardi engineered the trade to create an elite goaltending duo that would allow the Kings to rest Quick, who was returning from a major injury.
With Darling off the market, the Stars had to move quickly to land Bishop from the Kings and that's exactly what they did.
Bishop has finished top-three in Vezina Trophy voting twice in his career. He has appeared in 36 Stanley Cup Playoff games in his career, including a run to the 2015 Stanley Cup Final with Tampa Bay, posting a 21-13 record with a 2.09 goals against average and a.927 save percentage. Bishop also has played for Ottawa and St. Louis.
In 36 career National Hockey League playoff games, he has a 21-13 record, 2.09 GAA and.927 save percentage.