The Tampa Bay Lighting sent a shockwave through the NHL last night as they were able to move goaltender Ben Bishop prior to the trade deadline. The first of hopefully many large trades leading up to March 1.
The 2016 Vezina finalist was dealt along with a 5th round pick to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for backup goaltender Peter Budaj, defense prospect Erik Cernak, a 7th round pick, and an additional conditional pick.
Bishop is on the last year of his contract he signed with the Lightning, and has been the subject of much trade talk for nearly a year. With the expansion draft looming and the emergence of Bolts goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, it was never in doubt that Bishop was on his last legs as a member of the Lightning.
Bishop has put up a 16-12-3 record this year for the Lightning, posting a .911 save percentage and 2.55 goals against average. Although these numbers are both worse than the numbers Bishop had last year, the trade still gives the Kings a dynamic goaltender pairing between Jonathan Quick and Bishop.
In terms of fantasy value, I expect both Quick and Bishop’s value to drop as they will be sharing the workload for the most part. Both players still have considerable value in daily fantasy leagues.