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A Six-Year Contract Extension For Ben Bishop In Dallas

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed goaltender Ben Bishop to a six-year, $29.5-million contract extension.

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. He spent time with Los Angeles and Tampa Bay during the 2016-17 regular season, posting an 18-15-5 record with a .910 save percentage and 2.54 goal against average in 39 games played. During the 2015-16 regular season, his 2.06 goals against average with Tampa Bay led the League for goaltenders that qualified in the category. He also finished second in voting for the Vezina Trophy which is awarded to the goaltender that is adjudged to be the best at his position. A participant in the 2016 NHL All-Star Game, he was named to the 2015-16 NHL Second All-Star Team.

Having played in parts of eight seasons for Los Angeles, Tampa Bay, Ottawa and St. Louis, he has compiled a 148-80-25 record in 270 career games played. In that time, he has compiled a .919 save percentage, a 2.32 goals against average and 19 shutouts. Twice, he has finished in the top three in Vezina Trophy voting, finishing second in 2015-16 and third in 2013-14.

He has appeared in 36 Stanley Cup Playoff games in his career, including a run to the 2015 Stanley Cup Final with Tampa Bay, posting a 21-13 record with a 2.09 goals against average and a .927 save percentage. His 21 postseason wins and five postseason shutouts since 2014-15 are the most in the NHL.

"As I stated previously, Ben is an elite goaltender in this League and we're thrilled to be adding him to our mix," said Nill. "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. We are excited to have him under contract for the next six seasons."

Bishop played in Frisco, Texas as an 18-year-old in 2004-05 with the Texas Tornado, who played in the NAHL at that time. He has also represented the United States at the World Championship in 2010 and 2013.

The 6-foot-7, 216-pound native of Denver, Colo. was originally selected by St. Louis in the third round (85th overall) of the 2005 NHL Draft.

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Paul's avatar

Mike Heika tweet,

Lehtonen expected to be back-up. They will attempt to trade Niemi or buy him out.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/12/17 at 11:39 AM ET

Wings_in_NYC's avatar

Seems like a long contract for a 30 yr old goalie.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 05/12/17 at 11:47 AM ET


Well Kenny, while you sit on your ass the already-small market for you goalies is dwindling.

Won’t it be great to lose a good goalie for nothing?

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 05/12/17 at 11:47 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Man has the shine really come off both Yzerman and Nill as GM’s lately.

What a terrible contract.  They may as well just have kept their previous goalie situation.

Posted by Primis on 05/12/17 at 11:55 AM ET


Niemi is an obvious choice to be bought out.

The other part of this signing contextually is bringing Ken Hitchcock
back to Dallas.

If that works at all, the star centers buy in and Hitchcock can deal with such
a young defense, oh and Bishop stays healthy(??) then Dallas clamps down
while still scoring goals.

The term is a little long, but the price is not that high and not close to what
top goalies command, even well into their thirties. 

It’s a gamble but Lehtonen only has one year left. In a year, Dallas will have a proven
started locked up for under 5M and can find a cheap backup.

I’d much rather have Dallas’s roster and system or Tampa’s than I would Detroit’s.

Posted by Lefty30 on 05/12/17 at 01:13 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Lol, six years? At that age?

The money is fair, but if I were Dallas I guess I would have given him 4 year’s at 7.0.

I believe this now means Dallas has 16 mil a year in goalies

Posted by TreKronor on 05/12/17 at 01:30 PM ET


The money is fair, but if I were Dallas I guess I would have given him 4 year’s at 7.0.

Why on earth would anyone do that?

You point out their $16M in goaltending this year, but you think it should be 18 instead?

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 05/12/17 at 03:01 PM ET


I don’t see how this is a bad contract at all. Bishop is an elite starter, for less than $5 mil/year is a steal. Especially if they buy-out/trade Niemi. If Bishop wanted to go to Free Agency he probably would have gotten $6-$7 mil+/year easily. I don’t know what else you expect. Decent deal but, OBVIOUSLY the length in term is a bit long, but I’m sure Bishop had the upper hand in that part of the negotiations. “Give me six years or I’m going to UFA and you wasted a pick just to talk to me.”

Also, Lehtonen only has one more year on his contract. So, this is solid when thinking about all other options Dallas could have possibly conjured up to solve their goaltending conundrum.

Posted by redwings_lifer on 05/12/17 at 03:05 PM ET

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You have chosen to ignore comments from this member.

I ignored you, but I still received a message with your comment. Oh well.

to answer your question, for Bishop to sign there he needed to be given big dollars, otgerwise he goes to a different team that will give him the money.  They would be better off giving him the same amount of money over four years rather than to have him playing for them for six years when he’s 36.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/12/17 at 03:09 PM ET


If you’re a GM, how do you even evaluate the market for goalies right now? 

They’re such an odd commodity.  Outside of a handful of winners, of which PGH has 2 of the handful and have to give one up, there’s just a whole big lot of middle of B, B+ keepers and there’s going to be a lot of goaltending available this offseason.  I’m not sure where this deal will even fall in the market by the start of next season because Ben Bishop is really more or less just some numbers and hype, and you don’t know what kind of return/price PGH can get for Fleury or Murray to set the market.  Could have paid too much or gotten a sweet steal.

Posted by PMP5030 on 05/12/17 at 03:14 PM ET


They would be better off giving him the same amount of money over four years rather than to have him playing for them for six years when he’s 36

That’s all well and good, but I don’t understand why people focus on that and think its a “bad deal” by Nill when its a negotiation. OF COURSE 4 years would be better for Dallas, but 6 years and more job security is better for Bishop. Also, a smaller cap hit could have been preferable to Dallas, so they took the risk of longer term. I try and rate contracts in how they positively/negatively affect the team in the immediate future, not in the six years from now. You can solve that problem later. But for right now (as long as they get rid of Niemi) its a damn good signing for Dallas I’d say.

Posted by redwings_lifer on 05/12/17 at 03:46 PM ET


It sounds a little like Bishop was amenable to signing in Dallas,
as opposed to perhaps Calgary. But i’m sure Dallas didn’t want to wait
and lose out.

The cap hit, in which he loses about 1M/year from his last contract,
in his UFA Summer points to Dallas being a favorable landing spot
from Bishop’s perspective.

The dynamics around Fleury are pretty interesting. What is the market for
a proven winner like that when his team has little leverage?

After Fleury had 2-3 poor playoffs a couple years back, I honestly thought he’d lost his edge.
What he’s done is impressive.

Pekke Rinne seemed, only a few months ago, like he might be in real decline and Nashville’s weak link.
Guess not.

The issue with a big, athletic goalie like Bishop (as with Rinne) is health.
I remember reading something Braden Holtby said about some of the new
techniques goals use and the speed of the game - basically that goalies
are going to have shorter careers, because the demand on groins, hips, knees
is so great.

The real risk is if Bishop breaks down a couple years into the deal.
Compare his cap hit and age to Lundquist - or to whatever Carey Price
will be paid.




Posted by Lefty30 on 05/12/17 at 03:57 PM ET

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Can’t believe so many people are hating on this deal. A great cap hit for an above average goalie. They just filled their biggest need. If he takes them to the cup finals, which is still in play for them than it’s a definite win.

Posted by StayClassy from Wings fan in Columbus on 05/12/17 at 04:53 PM ET

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