The Tampa Bay Lightning have had a question mark in net since their playoff run in 2011 with netminder Dwayne Roloson patrolling the crease.
Bishop, 26, was drafted 85th overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.From 2005 to 2008, Bishop attended the University of Maine where he appeared in 99 games with a 55-34-7 record, 2.26 goal against average and .917 save percentage with five shutouts.
In March 2008, Bishop signed a contract with the St. Louis Blues and joined their American Hockey League affiliate Peoria Rivermen.
Bishop played in 33 games for Peoria during the 2008-09 season before making his NHL debut on October 24th, 2008 against the Los Angeles Kings. He was given more opporunities at the NHL level during the 2010-11 campaign after Jaroslav Halak went down with an injury.
On February 26th, 2012 the St. Louis Blues traded Bishop to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a second round draft pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
During his time in Ottawa, Bishop served as the backup to Craig Anderson. When Anderson was healthy he was on top of his game and playing the majority of time making Bishop expendable.
Tampa Bay had acquired goaltender Anders Lindback back in June of 2012 from the Nashville Predators as they had their number one in Pekka Rinne. Lindback, potentially capable of being a number one goaltender in the NHL was being overshadowed by Rinne.
Lindback suffered an ankle injury as the shortened season began to wind down, head coach Guy Boucher had recently been relieved of his duties behind the bench of the Lightning.
Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman made a bold move trading away top prospect, Calder trophy candidate Cory Conacher to the Ottawa Senators in order to acquire Ben Bishop.
Bishop has been solid to start the 2013-14 season playing in 13 games has a 11-2-0 record and while posting a 2.14 goal against average, .928 save percentage and 1 shutout.
Bishop has given up two or fewer goals in 10 of the 12 games he has played in and has certainly taken sole possession of the starting job in Tampa Bay.
As the 2014 Winter Olympics are only a few months away, Bishop is making a bid to join Team USA with his current performance at the NHL level.
Bishop has found a home in Tampa Bay, giving his hockey club the best chance to win every night and it will be great to see him compete at such a high level not only in the NHL but to potentially bring home the gold.
Danny Di Nicolantonio has been covering the Lightning for 5 years. He has been a frequent radio guest on TSN690 (Montreal) and can be found on Twitter @InsideHockeyTB
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