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

"This offers us the opportunity to negotiate with him before the free agency period begins". 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. Bishop, 30, was set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer had Dallas not signed him before July 1. They had a two-goalie system with Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi each of the last two seasons, and missed the playoffs this year.

In spite of those numbers, the 6-foot-7 Bishop has been one of the NHL's most consistent goaltenders over the last few seasons. Lehtonen, 33, now has one year remaining on his deal with a $5.9-million cap hit.

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The Denver native spent the 2004-05 season with the NAHL's Texas Tornado, playing in the same rink that holds the Stars' training complex in suburban Frisco. The Stars are reportedly likely to buy out Niemi should neither be taken by the Golden Knights in the expansion draft.

The Kings had acquired Bishop and a fifth-round pick at the 2017 draft from the Tampa Bay Lightning for goalie Peter Budaj, defenseman Erik Cernak and two seventh-round picks for the 2017 draft on February 26. Since-fired Kings general manager Dean Lombardi engineered the trade to create an elite goaltending duo that would allow the Kings to rest Quick, who was returning from a major injury. He recorded an 18-15-5 record, a 2.54 goals-against average and.910 save percentage. He posted the worst save percentage of his career since becoming a regular starting goalie and failed to make much impact in the Kings late-season playoff push.

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Bishop has finished top-three in Vezina Trophy voting twice in his career. Bishop is a two-time vezina finalist for the leagues best goaltender, and had Stanley Cup final experience in his time with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In addition to the Kings and Lightning, Bishop has played for the St. Louis Blues and Ottowa Senators.

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In his ten seasons in the NHL, Bishop has a career record of 148-80, a 2.32 GAA and a.919 save percentage.

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