Dallas Stars sign goalie Ben Bishop to 6-year, $29.5M deal

Dallas Stars sign goalie Ben Bishop to 6-year, $29.5M deal

Dallas Stars sign goalie Ben Bishop to 6-year, $29.5M deal

While the 6-foot-7 Bishop was born in Denver, he graduated from high school in Frisco, Texas, just outside Dallas.

Bishop, 30, was acquired by the Stars on May 9 in a deal that sent a fourth round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft, originally Montreal's, to Los Angeles. One day later Dallas secured an extra first-round pick in this year's draft when the Anaheim Ducks advanced to the Western Conference Finals.

Former Lightning goalie Ben Bishop has found a new long-term home, likely enabling him to end his career where it began. Those two goalies are under contract for next season at a combined $10.4 million.

Dallas' strategy to split starts between Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen this season yielded the worst team save percentage in the National Hockey League at.893, and only the lowly Colorado Avalanche allowed more goals against.

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"Ben is an elite goaltender in this league and we're thrilled to be adding him to our mix", Stars general manager Jim Nill said. Darling then cashed in with a four-year deal worth $16.6 million contract with Carolina.

Overall, Bishop is 148-80-25 in 270 career regular-season games with St. Louis, Ottawa, Tampa Bay and Los Angeles. "Ben's commitment to what we are building in Dallas, and his passion for wanting to be a part of it, was evident during the negotiating process". The Stars had several options, but chose to be bold and go all-in by trading for the free agent rights of Ben Bishop.

Bishop has finished top-three in Vezina Trophy voting twice in his career. What I don't like, even a little, is the six-year term, the inflexibility of six years of a full NMC with a modified no-trade in the last three seasons even if he did waive the NMC. He's best known for helping lead Tampa to the Stanley Cup Final in 2015, losing to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.

Bishop played as an 18-year-old in the NAHL during the 2004-05 season for the Texas Tornado.