Stars, Bishop agree to 6-year, $29.5M deal

Posted: 15/05/2017 in NHL, Sports
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The Dallas Stars have agreed to a six-year, $29.5-million contract with impending free-agent goaltender Ben Bishop, the team announced Friday.

The Stars acquired Bishop’s rights from the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick.

Bishop, 30, spent 2016-17 split between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Kings, posting a 18-15-5 record with a .910 save percentage and 2.54 goals-against average.

This was widely considered a down season for Bishop, though. He led the league with a 2.06 goal-against average the year prior and has a career save percentage of .919.

The 6-foot-7 netminder will fill a massive hole in the Stars’ crease. The tandem of Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi combined for a league-worst .893 save percentage this season. Both are under contract for one more year, so at least one of them will likely be bought out or traded.

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