Ben Bishop may have a new home for the upcoming hockey season, but he’s brought the glow-in-the-dark paint with him. Over the weekend, professional artist David Gunnarsson unveiled Bishop’s new mask for the Dallas Stars, who traded for the goaltender back in May, and it heavily features glow-in-the-dark neon. Most importantly, it features a glow-in-the-dark outline of the state of Texas. The mask, black with electric neon green line art of the state of Texas and the Stars logo, is almost identical to the one he wore with the Tampa Bay Lightning and his brief time with the Los Angeles Kings last season. Gunnarsson has been working with Bishop for years on his masks, and the original one for the
Understatement 1: the 2016-17 season was rough for the New York Islanders. Understatement 2: John Tavares‘ future is a pretty big deal, to Islanders and hockey fans alike. If Tavares is growing impatient with the Islanders’ process, then 2017-18 stands as potentially integral in keeping him around.
Francois Beauchemin will once again be playing for the Anaheim Ducks, according to TVA Sports and Renaud Lavoie. The contract reportedly comes with a base salary of $1 million and the potential to earn roughly $500,000 more in performance bonuses. This would be Beauchemin’s third stint with the team. He played with Anaheim for parts of four campaigns from 2005-06 through 2008-09. Along the way he averaged a staggering 30:33 minutes per game in the playoffs during the Ducks’ 2007 championship run. His second stint with the club spanned parts of five seasons from 2010-11 through 2014-15. As was the case during his previous run, Beauchemin was a workhorse and in the 2013 lockout shortened season