NHL: Los Angeles Kings acquire Ben Bishop from Tampa Bay Lightning


Bishop was on fire prior to the trade, posting a 1.17 GAA and a.953 save percentage on his way to five straight victories.

Bishop, a Vezina finalist last season and a pending unrestricted free agent, will back up Jonathan Quick, who returned Saturday from a 59-game absence to lead the Kings to win over Anaheim thanks to a 32-save performance.

He is 16-12-3 with a 2.55 goals-against average and.911 save percentage in 32 games this season.

The Los Angeles Kings acquired goalie Ben Bishop in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Peter Budaj had been playing admirably this season thus far, backing up the injured Jonathan Quick. Andrei Vasilevskiy is now their anointed goalie, although Budaj has looked sharp this season as Quick's replacement. The Kings now have 64 points - three back of the St. Louis Blues for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.

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"That's a really dumb question", Sutter said, growing angry. But Lombardi pointed out that the 30-year-old Quick needs to be eased back into action and couldn't quite be the workhorse he once was with Los Angeles.

In some regards the trade for Bishop showed how far Lombardi has come with his willingness to give up prospects in win-now moves, which was nearly a yearly occurrence the last several seasons.

Less than two seasons removed from a starring role in leading the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup Final, goalie Ben Bishop comes to the Kings in the first big move in advance of Wednesday's trade deadline.

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