Lightning ink goaltender Ben Bishop to two-year extension

Nikko Villanueva – 4E Sports Contributor

Tampa Bay, FL, United States (4E Sports) – The Tampa Bay Lightning signed goaltender Ben Bishop to a two-year extension deal, with only a year remaining on his previous pact.

The team did not release a financial statment about the contract.

But Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reported the deal is worth $5.95 million per season.

Bishop posted career bests last year, coming close to winning the Vezina Trophy.

He had 37 wins in 63 games, five shutouts, a 2.23 goals-against average and .924 save percentage.

“I had one really good year this year; I think I’ve still got to prove myself,” Bishop stated.

The 27-year-old does not want to be a one-hit wonder and aims to be consistent while improving his game.

Bishop underwent surgery last May to repeair a ligament damage in his right wrist.

Last Tuesday, he had a screw removed from his wrist and will begin his rehabilitation on Monday, according to The Tampa Tribune.

He also dislocated his left elbow, missing the Montreal Canadiens series, were the Lightning lost via a sweep in the first round.

Bishop will go through the process of regaining his strength back.

“But there is still some rehab left, the elbow feels good, and I’m just excited to try it out,” he added.

Bishop was picked No. 85 overall in the 2005 NHL Draft, by the St. Louis Blues.

He was sent to the Lightning in a trade deadline deal by the team with the Ottawa Senators.

The Senators received forward Cory Conacher and a fourth-round draft pick in exchange for Bishop.

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