Dallas Stars sign goalie Ben Bishop to 6-year, $29.5M deal
08:17, May 16, 2017
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The Dallas Stars made a big move to solidify the goaltending position when they traded for Ben Bishop's rights then signed him to a six-year deal worth almost $30 million in early May. 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 was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 unless Dallas reached a deal with him. Bishop should be a coveted commodity in fantasy drafts this fall, though he may only flirt with elite status unless GM Jim Nill can find a way to bolster a penalty kill that ranked 27th overall this season.
"As I stated previously, Ben is an elite goaltender in this League and we're thrilled to be adding him to our mix", said Nill. The Stars gave the Kings a fourth-round pick.
In this edition of the hotstove, we share our thoughts on Dallas' acquisition of Ben Bishop and the six-year extension that followed.
Over the last three seasons, Bishop's 5v5 save percentage (.925) is.001 higher than Kari Lehtonen's 5v5 save percentage previous year (.924) so the Stars really aren't getting as much of an upgrade as they think.
Mar 29, 2017; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Los Angeles Kings goalie Ben Bishop (31) celebrate win with teammates after the game against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. "We are excited to have him under contract for the next six seasons". So much for that two-headed-goalie-monster plan.
The Denver native spent the 2004-05 season with the NAHL's Texas Tornado, playing in the same rink that holds the Stars' training complex in suburban Frisco. But Bishop, who is getting married this summer, gets long-term security, including a no-move clause, and a shot to be a No. 1 goalie for a talented Stars team that missed the playoffs this season. His career save percentage of.919, which spans 270 games including stints at the beginning of his career with the St. Louis Blues and Ottawa Senators, places him 10th all-time.
Bishop has finished top-three in Vezina Trophy voting twice in his career. The two-time Vezina finalist has a career save percentage of.919 and a 2.32 GAA in 270 National Hockey League appearances.
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