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Ben Bishop, Lightning Agree To Extension

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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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