Ben Bishop

Ben Bishop

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The Los Angeles Kings made a shocking blockbuster trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday. The trade came three days prior to the National Hockey League trade deadline set for Wednesday. 

The Kings acquired goaltender Ben Bishop from the Lightning with a fifth round pick in the 2017 National Hockey League Entry Draft for goaltender Peter Budaj, prospect defenseman Erik Cernak, a seventh round pick in the 2017 National Hockey League Entry Draft and a conditional second round pick in the 2017 National Hockey League Entry Draft. The conditions are whether or not the Kings reach the playoffs, whether or not they go deep in the Western Conference playoffs and the play of Bishop. 

The trade is a surprise to many. That is because Jonathan Quick, the Kings number one goaltender, just returned from a groin injury on Saturday. They also have had strong play from Budaj this season, who performed admirably while Quick was on the injury reserve.

In 32 games with Tampa Bay this season, Bishop had a record of 16-12-3, a goals against average of 2.55, a save percentage of .911 and one shutout. Last season he put up great numbers in Tampa Bay as he went 35-21-4, six shutouts, a goals against average of 2.06 and a save percentage of .926. Bishop also took the Lightning to the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals before losing to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.

Budaj meanwhile went 27-20-3 with seven shutouts for the Kings. He had a sparkling goals against average of 2.12 and a save percentage of .917.

This past week the Kings went 2-1-1. They beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 and the Anaheim Ducks 4-1. They also lost to the Boston Bruins 4-1 and the Minnesota Wild 5-4 in overtime. This week the Kings play in Calgary on Tuesday, then host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday and the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. They are five points back of the Calgary Flames for a playoff spot.