Lightning Ship Bishop to the Kings

by | Feb 26, 2017 | News, NHL, Rumors | 11 comments

Tampa Bay Lightning trade goalie Ben Bishop to the Los Angeles Kings.

The Tampa Bay Lightning traded goaltender Ben Bishop and a fifth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for goalie Peter Budaj, defenseman Erik Cernak, a seventh-round pick in 2017 and a conditional 2017 pick. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos last night reported the Kings were looking at Bishop or Vancouver’s Ryan Miller as a possible backup for returning starter Jonathan Quick. Despite the solid play of Budaj filling in for Quick dating back to October, the Kings obviously felt they needed a potential starter with playoff experience in case Quick is sidelined again or struggles over the remainder of this season.

Bishop, 30, has had injury issues of his own over the last couple of years, but he’s also only a year removed from being a Vezina Trophy finalist. He’s an unrestricted free agent this summer and obviously a rental player for the Kings. After struggling earlier this season through injury and inconsistency (the latter likely due to uncertainty over his future), Bishop has shown signs of returning to his once-stellar form over the last couple of weeks. 

With a healthy Quick and Bishop, the Kings have a solid tandem to share the duties over the remainder of the season. However, this move fails to address the their anemic offense. With a 2.44 goals-for per game as of Feb. 26, they are among the league’s lowest-scoring clubs. If they don’t find a way to address that problem, having an all-star goalie tandem won’t help them reach the playoffs.

Budaj has played well this season and should continue to do so with the Bolts, but he’ll be backing up Andrei Vasilevskiy, who’s now their full-time starter. Like Bishop, Budaj’s a UFA this summer. If he plays well over the rest of the season, perhaps the Lightning will bring him back as Vasilevskiy’s backup.

The Lightning are in need of blueline depth. Cernak, 19, won’t be an immediate answer as he’s currently playing for the OHL’s Erie Otters. The 6’3″, 203-pounder defenseman apparently has the potential to be a shutdown blueliner. Perhaps he can fill that role for the Bolts down the road. 

This move should leave no doubt that Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman is in sell mode and  probably has other moves in store leading up to deadline day. Center and pending UFA Brian Boyle could also be dealt by the deadline and restricted free agent Tyler Johnson has also popped up in recent trade speculation. 


  1. Hanzal and R. White to Minny for multiple picks including a 2017 1st. Good thing Nick didn`t call this one too, we`d never hear the end of it

  2. I guess Kypreos is due an apology. Bishop to LA still makes no sense to me even after it is done. A prospect, Budaj, and a seventh. Yet they wanted Calgary’s 6th overall at the draft ??

    • Yeppers. People here love to trash others. Nice to see some egg covered faces.

    • I already gave my in the Sunday rumour section, it`ll be crow for supper tonite

      • Yes me too, I was all over Kypreos. I was dead wrong. Good on Kypreos.

  3. I also thought Kypreos was smoking his medicine when he forecast this trade. The Kings must have serious concerns about Quick’s ability to stay healthy.

    • Or they will package him with a dman for some scoring, which is what they need.

  4. Good for kipper! Myself as well as others thought he was crazy for those proposals, also read a tweet out of Detroit stating a leafs first or second (depending on the prospect)and a prospect for Sheehan and smith. I guess kipper is in the know

  5. This trade confused me at the start, but the more I think of it, Kings might flip him at the deadline with something else to get some scoring help.

    • Hearing lombardis interview doesn’t sound like they are moving him but you never know

  6. Kings do not seem well oiled like their Cup years

    Odd move