Bolts Give Bishop 2 Year Extension
TAMPA BAY –The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Ben Bishop to a two-year contract extension today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Bishop, 6-foot-7, 214 pounds, posted a 37-14-7 record last season in 63 games. He also recorded a .924 save percentage and a 2.23 goals-against average. He ranked fourth in the NHL for games played and wins, as well as seventh for save percentage and goals-against average. Bishop’s five shutouts placed fifth in the NHL and were the second-most ever posted in franchise history. He set Lightning single season records for wins, save percentage and goals-against average. Bishop set the franchise mark for most saves in a game on January 19 at Carolina with 48. His 1,625 saves were the second most in a season by a Lightning goaltender. His successful season led to a nomination for the Vezina Trophy, given annually to the player voted to be the league’s best netminder.
The Denver, Colorado native has played in 108 career NHL games with the Lightning, Ottawa Senators and St. Louis Blues. He has posted a career record of 55-31-11 with eight shutouts, a .920 save percentage and a 2.40 goals-against average.
Bishop was selected by St. Louis in the third round, 85th overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft out of the University of Maine. He was acquired by Tampa Bay from Ottawa on April 3, 2013 in exchange for forward Cory Conacher and a fourth-round draft pick in 2013.