The Dallas Stars are going in a new direction with their goaltending as they have re-signed recently acquired G Ben Bishop to a 6-year contract extension.
The team signed Bishop to six-year deal worth $29.5 million on Friday, just three days after acquiring the netminder’s rights from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a 2017 fourth-round pick.
“Ben has proven that he is one of the elite goaltenders in the NHL,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said in Tuesday’s press release upon obtaining Bishop’s rights. “This offers us the opportunity to negotiate with him before the free agency period begins.”
The former Tampa Bay Lightning starter, dealt to the Kings at this year’s trade deadline, was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent on July 1. His new contract with the Stars brings a cap hit of $4.916 million, less than his $5.95 million AAV he earned with the Lightning.
Bishop, 30, registered a 2.54 goals-against average to go with his .910 save percentage in 32 games with the Lightning and seven with the Kings this past season. The two-time Vezina finalist has a career save percentage of .919 and a 2.32 GAA in 270 NHL appearances.
Bishop’s signing means there are two big question marks when it comes to the team’s tandem. Lehtonen, 33, currently has one year remaining on his deal with a $5.9-million cap hit. Niemi, also 33, also has one season left on his deal which comes in at $4.5 million.