Ben Bishop signs two-year contract extension with Lightning

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

Ben Bishop has signed a two-year contract extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning. (USATSI)
Ben Bishop has signed a two-year contract extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning. (USATSI)

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The Tampa Bay Lightning announced on Monday afternoon that the team has signed goaltender Ben Bishop to a two-year contract extension.

The team did not release the financial terms of the contract, but it's reportedly worth $4.6 million, according to Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times.

The Lighthing acquired Bishop from the Ottawa Senators just before the NHL trade deadline in exchange for forward and rookie of the year candidate Cory Conacher.

In 19 appearances this season between the Senators and Lightning, Bishop has a 10-8-0 record to go with a .920 save percentage. Since joining the Lightning, he has allowed 17 goals on 203 shots (.916 save percentage).

Goaltending has been a constant struggle for the Lightning since the start of last season. The team tried to solidify the position over the summer by acquiring Anders Lindback from the Nashville Predators and signing him to a two-year contract worth $1.8 million per year.

So far it hasn't really worked out as planned.

"Moving forward, we really believed he would solidify our goaltending," general manager Steve Yzerman told the Lightning's website on Monday. "The idea was to get [Bishop] signed, which was always our intention, so now we look to move into next season with both Ben and Anders Lindback. They are both relatively young, and they each have tremendous upside."

It also gives the Lightning what might the biggest goaltending duo in NHL history (Lindback is listed as being 6-feet-7, Bishop is 6-feet-6).

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