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Ben Bishop, Lightning Agree To Extension


After emerging as the number one goaltender for the Tampa Bay Lightning last season, the franchise looked to lock up Ben Bishop to prevent him from becoming a free agent in 2015. On Saturday, that goal became a reality.

The team announced a 2-year extension with Bishop, according to sources. While financial terms were not disclosed, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com says the deal is worth $5.95 per season.

As the number one goalie last season in Tampa Bay, Bishop set career bests with 37 wins, 63 appearances, five shut-outs, a 2.23 goals against average, and a .924 save percentage.

Bishop’s presence was missed in the Stanley Cup playoffs, which he missed due to an arm injury. He was also voted a finalist for the Venzina Trophy as the best goaltender in the NHL.

After being traded to Tampa Bay from the Ottowa Senators in April 2013, Bishop solidifies the goaltending for a team with rising players Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat, as well as veteran Ryan Callahan, who signed in the off-season to remain in Tampa Bay from a trade at the deadline from the New York Rangers.



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(Photo Credit: Dirk Shadd, Tampa Bay Times )

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