Huge news on the trade front today as the Los Angeles Kings have acquired goaltender Ben Bishop from the Tampa Bay Lightning. This coming just 2 days after Jonathan Quick was medically cleared to play for the first time since opening night.
The reported deal would have the Lightning acquiring Peter Budaj, Erik Cernak and a 2017 7th round pick and the Kings getting Ben Bishop and a 2017 5th round pick as per Brennan Klak.
— Brennan Klak (@nhlupdate) February 26, 2017
It was also reported that Tampa will retain 20% of Bishop’s salary.
Bishop, 30, has appeared in 32 games for the Lightning this year. In those he’s posted a record of 16-12-3. Along with that the 6’7 goalie has a .911 save percentage and a 2.55 goals against average.
Going back to the Lightning is veteran goalie Peter Budaj. He came into this season as the Kings backup but took over as the starter when Jonathan Quick was injured. In 53 games played Budaj holds a .917 save percentage and a 2.12 goals against average. On top of that a 27-20-3 record. His play was a huge part of keeping the Kings in playoff contention.
The other piece going to the Lightning is Erie Otters defenseman Erik Cernak. Drafted 43rd overall by the Kings in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, he’s played 40 games this year and has posted 3 goals and 17 points. The 6’3, 221lb blue liner has 47 penalty minutes and is +27.