Lightning Re-sign Ben Bishop.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed goaltender Ben Bishop to a two-year contract extension. Bishop was eligible for UFA status next summer. 

Ben Bishop inks a two-year contract extension with the Lightning.

Ben Bishop inks a two-year contract extension with the Lightning.

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bishop’s new deal is reportedly worth $11.9 million, at an annual cap hit of $5.95 million. That’s a substantial raise for Bishop, who’ll earn $2.3 million this season. It’s well worth it, considering he was a finalist for the 2014 Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender. He was arguably the main reason the Lightning made the playoffs last season for the first time since 2010-11. 

It’s an affordable move by the Lightning, though a bit surprising they once again opted for a two-year deal. Bishop’s acceptance of it also comes as a surprise. Usually in these cases it’s the team or player seeking a long-term extension.  Bishop will be 30 when his new deal expires.

It appears the Lightning want to ensure his Vezina-nominated performance of the past season wasn’t a one-off before investing long term in his services.  Should Bishop continue to rank among the league’s elite goalies, it puts him in good position to secure a more lucrative contract from the Lightning, or from another club via the free-agent market. For now, this deal keeps Bishop in the fold beyond this season, ensuring his contract status doesn’t become an unnecessary distraction for the Lightning. 

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  1. It’s an cap-manageable “goodwill” deal that affords Yzerman cost-certainty (for what might turn out to be a very, very good goaltender, in his prime years) while buying the Lightning time to evaluate, develop and transition to either Vasilevskyi or Gudlevskis (or even retain Bishop, over the long haul.)

    Some forward thinking, with a tolerable level of risk, for Stevie Y. But, it also brings a sound measure of peace of mind (and avoids unnecessary drama) as regards the Bolts’ goaltending and salary allocation, over the next couple/three years.

    As a Bolts fan? I’m very okay with this.