Kings acquire Bishop from Lightning
- Author: Stacy Allen Feb 28, 2017,
Feb 28, 2017, 0:26
The Los Angeles Kings have acquired goaltender Ben Bishop from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for goaltender Peter Budaj, defenseman Erik Cernak, and draft picks, according to multiple reports. The Kings will also receive a fifth-round draft pick from the Lightning. The Lightning (27-25-8) are seven points back of a playoff spot, while the veteran-laden Kings are determined to avoid a third straight year without a playoff series victory since winning the 2014 championship.
He can be an unrestricted free agent after this season.
The move comes a day after Kings No. 1 goalie Jonathan Quick returned from a groin injury that had kept him sidelined since after the first game of the regular season.
"There's a number of concerns", Lombardi said. Expect Budaj to back up Vasilevskiy, who has struggled in 32 appearances this season (29 starts).
Budaj proved a capable substitute during Quick's 59-game absence, going 27-20-3 with a 2.12 goals-against average and a.917 save percentage. He backstopped the Lightning to the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals, in which they lost to Chicago. The Kings next game will come on Monday on the road against the Calgary Flames with either Quick or Bishop in net.
"Our plan was that at some point we were going to turn over the starting goaltending duties to (22-year-old Andrei Vasilevskiy)", Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman told the Tampa Times on Sunday night. "I think the days of playing Jon Quick 70 games like we did two years ago, makes no sense, in terms of not only letting him play at his best but also making sure that you have a player of his caliber extending his career and not wearing him out".