Ex-Lightning goalie Ben Bishop signs with Stars

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Ex-Lightning goalie Ben Bishop signs with Stars

Bishop is coming off a down year for his standards, but the Stars are clearly banking on him returning to his form from the 2013-14 and 2015-16 seasons when he was a Vezina Trophy finalist.

Dallas' strategy to split starts between Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen this season yielded the worst team save percentage in the National Hockey League at.893, and only the lowly Colorado Avalanche allowed more goals against. At age 18, Bishop played during the 2004-05 season for the Texas Tornado, an NAHL team out of that same building as the Stars.

If Niemi does get bought out and Lehtonen remains, the Stars will have over $12 million in cap space allocated to goalies next season. Lehtonen and Niemi are both under contract for next season at a combined $10.4 million.

Whether it's in the National Hockey League or the AHL, our best young talent will work on their already sensational skills and impress in the Lone Star State.

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Bishop spent parts of the past five seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning, who dealt him to the Kings prior to the trade deadline. He posted the worst save percentage of his career since becoming a regular starting goalie and failed to make much impact in the Kings late-season playoff push. He finished second in the Vezina voting in 2016 after being selected for the All-Star Game.

Bishop appeared in 36 Stanley Cup Playoff games in his career, including a Stanley Cup Final run in 2014-15, posting a 21-13 record with a 2.09 GAA and a.927 save percentage. Bishop is also on the wrong side of 30, has a bit of an injury history, and is not a guy I'd want to commit six years to. He's best known for helping lead Tampa to the Stanley Cup Final in 2015, losing to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.

In spite of those numbers, the 6-foot-7 Bishop has been one of the NHL's most consistent goaltenders over the last few seasons.

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