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Ben Bishop | Goalie | #30

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/21/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 214
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 3 (85) / STL
Contract: view contract details

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Ben Bishop's agent, Allain Roy, said everything was "quiet" Tuesday morning regarding news on the trade front.
Bishop has a list of teams he can be traded to without his permission, as part of his partial no-move clause. GM Steve Yzerman is expected to field calls for Bishop at the NHL Draft, but he doesn't have to move him yet. He said after the season that he is comfortable going into 2016-17 with Bishop and Andrei Vasilevskiy as his goalies. Jun 21 - 12:29 PM

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Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones believes the timing is right for the Lightning to trade Ben Bishop.

Jones supports that notion by saying: "Bishop gets hurt too much, he's due too much money, the Lightning has a hot prospect who is ready to be a No. 1 goalie. And chances are, the Lightning is going to lose a goalie in the next year or two anyway." Bishop has one more year left on current contract and he is eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer. Tampa Bay also has to get key restricted free agents like Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn signed. Andrei Vasilevskiy, who would become Bishop's replacement, can be a restricted free agent next summer as well. Bishop is an excellent goaltender and would be a hot commodity if the Lightning made him available.
Jun 20 - 9:43 AM

Ben Bishop said his ankle/shin injury is getting better.

He has been working out at Amalie Arena and said the ailment won't impact his off-season preparations. Bishop strained ligaments in that area during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final and he wasn't able to return during Tampa Bay's series defeat against Pittsburgh.
Jun 9 - 9:52 AM

Ben Bishop strained ligaments around his ankle/shin area in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final.

He was still experiencing some problems when he went into down into the butterfly, but felt he was getting close. Bishop said he might have been ready for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final had the Lightning advanced.
May 27 - 5:22 PM

Ben Bishop wasn't ready to return in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final because of a lower left leg injury.

"It wasn't really much of a thought," Bishop said before the game. "I'm not there yet. You want to be out there, but it's not that close yet." He was hoping to be back during the Stanley Cup Final, but the Lightning were eliminated by Pittsburgh on Thursday night.
May 27 - 8:50 AM

Ben Bishop (lower body) felt Tuesday's skate is the best he's had so far.

"It's been a big improvement the last three days as far as how it feels," Bishop said. "It's still not quite there, I'm still favoring it a little bit. It's a process, you can't just jump right in. It's encouraging at least the last three days you're really seeing the improvement, moving a little bit better." Bishop isn't available for Game 6 on Tuesday, but he hopes to be available for the Stanley Cup Final should the Lightning advance. Tampa Bay can clinch its spot with a win Tuesday night.
May 24 - 5:56 PM

Ben Bishop (lower body) remains hopeful that he can play during the Eastern Conference Final.

He worked on the ice during Sunday's optional skate before Game 5. "When Ben is ready to come back, he'll probably push himself back before he's able to," coach Jon Cooper said. "And that's just the way he is." Bishop sustained a lower-left leg injury in Game 1 against the Penguins and Andrei Vasilevskiy has played well during his absence.
May 23 - 4:10 PM

It doesn't look like Ben Bishop will be in goal for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final on Sunday.

Bishop jumped on the ice during the morning skate, but he didn't take any shots from his teammates. Bishop is still considered day-to-day at this point, but don't expect him to play tonight. Expect Andrei Vasilevskiy to be between the pipes once the game gets going.
May 22 - 12:41 PM

Ben Bishop is getting better but still has a ways to go before returning to action.

In Friday's practice Bishop worked on a number of side-to-side and up-and-down drills and faced a number of shots. However, he did not move very quickly or with conviction. Bishop is still working on his range of motion and will need some more time before he is game ready.
May 21 - 10:16 AM

Ben Bishop (lower body) was on the ice for Friday's morning skate.

Bishop also took part in Thursday's practice. "It's getting better," Bishop said. "It's better than it was [Thursday] and I know we're making progress here." He regards himself as day-to-day.
May 20 - 1:26 PM

Ben Bishop (lower body) is doubtful for Game 4 on Friday.

Bishop did participate in Thursday's practice though and he hopes to return before the end of the Eastern Conference Final. He has a 1.86 GAA and .939 save percentage in 11 playoff starts.
May 19 - 4:41 PM

Ben Bishop (lower body) skated in full equipment Wednesday before practice, but he won't play in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against Pittsburgh.

He is making progress and coach Jon Cooper is hopeful that Bishop will skate with the team on Thursday. Then he will be "teetering" on the chance to come back, possibly as soon as Game 4 on Friday night. It doesn't sound like Bishop is far away from being available to return.
May 18 - 11:11 AM

Coach Jon Cooper is "optimistic" that Ben Bishop (lower body) will play at some point in the Eastern Conference Final.

In the meantime, Andrei Vasilevskiy will tend to the Lightning's goal and he has done well while filling for Bishop. Bishop is considered to be day-to-day after he left the ice on a stretcher in Game 1 versus Pittsburgh.
May 17 - 2:04 PM

Ben Bishop (lower body) isn't on the ice for Monday's morning skate.

It's unlikely that he will be available to play in Game 2 against Pittsburgh as a result. Look for Andre Vasilevskiy to start and Kristers Gudlevskis to serve as the backup. The Lightning received good news over the weekend on Bishop's status and he could be available to return at some point in the series, but it won't do him any good to be rushed back into the lineup.
May 16 - 11:46 AM

Ben Bishop told reporters that he thought his leg was broken after his awkward fall in Game 1.

Bishop was injured after an awkward fall onto his own leg. Luckily for him and his team, the leg isn't actually broken. He is still considered day-to-day and although his status for Game 2 is in doubt, he hasn't been ruled out for sure. "It was just a scary experience," Bishop said. "I felt something I've never felt before, pain everywhere. Your mind starts racing, you start thinking the worst. I'm thinking my leg is broken, mind starts spinning. I was really scared. Definitely one of the scarier things to happen to me."
May 15 - 4:25 PM

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All Positions
C1Steven Stamkos
2Tyler Johnson
3Valtteri Filppula
4Brian Boyle
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Alex Killorn
3Vladislav Namestnikov
4Jonathan Drouin
5Jonathan Marchessault
6Cedric Paquette
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2Ryan Callahan
3J.T. Brown
4Erik Condra
5Michael Blunden
6Joel Vermin
D1Victor Hedman
2Anton Stralman
3Jason Garrison
4Braydon Coburn
5Matt Carle
6Nikita Nesterov
7Andrej Sustr
8Matt Taormina
9Slater Koekkoek
10Mattias Ohlund
G1Ben Bishop
2Andrei Vasilevskiy
3Kristers Gudlevskis