Lightning sign G Bishop to two-year, $4.6M extension Staff

4/15/2013 4:17:59 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Ben Bishop to a two-year contract extension.

The extension is worth a total of $4.6 million, paying Bishop $2.2 million in 2013-14 and $2.4 million in 2014-15.

The 26-year-old is 10-8 with a 2.68 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage in 19 games with the Lightning and Ottawa Senators in 2012-13.

Bishop was acquired from the Ottawa Senators on April 3 in exchange for forward Cory Conacher and a fourth-round draft pick.

The Senators were forced to make a decision on its crowded crease with starter Craig Anderson returning to health after a lengthy absence and young goaltender Robin Lehner developing his game as a professional. Bishop was similarly squeezed out with the St. Louis Blues in 2011-12 with Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak both enjoying standout seasons.

In both cases, Bishop's team was in danger of losing his services to pending off-season free agency.

He had been slated to become a restricted free agent at the end of the 2012-13, having signed a one-year deal worth $650,000 prior to the season.

Bishop was originally drafted in the third round (85th overall) by the Blues at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He has appeared in 42 career NHL games between the Lightning, Senators and Blues posting a 17-16-3 record with a career 2.67 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage.