The Dallas Stars signed goaltender Ben Bishop of Denver on Friday to a six-year contract worth $29.5 million. Bishop was traded from the Los Angeles Kings to the Stars on Tuesday for a fourth-round draft pick in the 2017 National Hockey League Entry Draft and could have been an unrestricted free agent on July 1 if the Stars could not have come to terms with Bishop on a new contract.
Bishop now joins his fifth NHL team. In addition to the Kings, he has played for the St. Louis Blues, Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning.
In 2016-17, Bishop shared his time with the Lightning and Kings. In 39 games, Bishop had a record of 18-15-5 with a goals against average of 2.54, save percentage of .910 and one shutout.
In 2015-16, Bishop had a phenomenal regular season with the Lightning. He led the NHL with a goals against average of 2.06. Bishop also had a great 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs with the Lightning as he helped Tampa Bay reach the Stanley Cup Finals where Tampa Bay lost to the Chicago Blackhawks. During the 2015 playoffs, Bishop had three shutouts in 25 games.
The acquisition of Bishop should come as no surprise. The Stars have had mediocre goaltending in recent years, and last year with Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi in between the Stars pipes, Dallas gave up 262 goals, the second most in the entire National Hockey League.