Could Ben Bishop be the goalie the Flames are so in need of? He is an elite goaltender, who is signed on for another year after this. With Steve Yzerman and the Tampa Bay Lightning in need of cap clearance for Stamkos this could work. Also consider the fact that Tyler Johnson and Victor Hedman’s contracts both end the same year as Bishop’s. They also have Andre Vasilevsky to clear the void, an upcoming elite goalie. Vasilevsky is the goalie for the future in Tampa Bay. So Bishop may stay there this year, hard to say but in the long-term picture, he won’t be in it.
Bishop could be the final piece needed for a long playoff run for Calgary. What would we need to give up?
Hard to say really, we would be doing Tampa a favour by taking on his contract set to expire the same year as Hedman and Johnson. It would definitely help them from worrying any longer about cap.
We would be taking on his $5.95 cap hit, helping Tampa Bay clear room for Stamkos. But keep in mind, in two years, he will want a raise.
I say get Bishop. He is the best chance for the Flames and would fit well as a starting goaltender for Calgary.
POSITION: Goalie CATCHES: Left
HEIGHT: 6′ 7″ WEIGHT: 216
DRAFTED: St. Louis ROUND: 3rd
DRAFT YEAR: 2005 OVERALL: 85th
BORN: 11/21/1986 AGE: 29
BIRTHPLACE: Denver, CO, USA
Last 5 Games DEC GA SA S SV% SO
1/17 FLA W 1 27 26 .963 0
1/12 @ COL W 0 21 21 1.000 1
1/8 @ EDM W 2 26 24 .923 0
1/5 @ CGY L 2 23 21 .913 0
12/30 NYR L 3 24 21 .875 0
Season GP W L OT GAA SV% SO
Regular 35 18 13 3 1.97 .927 2
Shootout GP W L SA GA SV%
TBL 4 1 3 11 5 .545
Career GP W L OT GAA SV% SO
Regular 205 113 57 19 2.30 .920 14
Playoffs 25 13 11 – 2.18 .921 3
Assets: Has a massive, rangy frame and he uses it to cover a lot of net. Is very agile for a 6-7, take-charge, puck-handling goaltender. Flashes excellent fluidity and awareness.
Flaws: Sometimes, he lets himself get out of position trying to handle pucks. Occasionally drops to the ice too quickly and gets out of his stance, leaving him vulnerable.
Career Potential: Quality, mammoth goaltender.