TAMPA BAY (Lightning press release) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Ben Bishop to a two-year contract extension today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
"We appreciate Ben's willingness to work on a deal that made sense for both parties." Lightning General Manager, Steve Yzerman, told the Times' Damian Cristodero.
"It's exciting," said Bishop. "You work your whole life to get that chance, just try to make the most of it."
Bishop, 6-foot-7, 214 pounds, has played in six games with the Lightning after being acquired from the Ottawa Senators at the April 3 trade deadline. He has posted a 2-3-0 record with a .916 save percentage and a 3.21 goals-against average.
Bishop made his Bolts debut on April 4 at Carolina, stopping all 45 shots he faced for a shutout. He was the second goalie in franchise history to post a shutout in his Lightning debut (Dwayne Roloson, January 4, 2011) and tied the franchise record for most saves in a shutout (Daren Puppa, November 27, 1995). He has played in a total of 19 games this season with Tampa Bay and Ottawa, recording a 10-8-0 record with a .920 save percentage, 2.68 goals-against average and two shutouts.
A native of Denver, Colorado, Bishop has played in 42 career NHL games, compiling a 17-16-3 record and a 2.67 goals-against average with a .912 save percentage. He made his NHL debut during the 2008-09 season with the St. Louis Blues. Bishop made his Ottawa debut last season against the Lightning, a 7-3 win at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
The University of Maine product was drafted by St. Louis in the third round, 85th overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Bishop was then acquired by Ottawa from the Blues on February 26, 2012 in exchange for a second round pick in 2013. Bishop was acquired by Tampa Bay from the Senators in exchange for Cory Conacher and a fourth-round pick.