Bishop, who is the tallest goaltender in the NHL, standing at 6'7", was acquired by Ottawa last season in a trade with St. Louis. This season, Bishop has been extremely valuable to the Senators, as he went 8-5-1 and posted a .922 save percentage and a 2.45 goal-against average. His record was even more impressive because he's helped keep Ottawa's playoff aspirations alive after starting goalie Craig Anderson, and other stars like Jason Spezza, Erik Karlsson, and Milan Michalek, went down with significant injuries.
When the deal was announced on Wednesday, many were skeptical of Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman, as he dealt away one of the league's top rookies. However, they acquired a goaltender with a very bright future, and he can potentially solve their problems between the pipes. With Anders Lindback and Mathieu Garon underachieving this season, the Lightning needed a to make a change in order to make a push for the playoffs.
Last night, Bishop debuted for Tampa Bay, and he completely dominated, as he secured a 45-save shutout in a 5-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. The gigantic net-minder proved last night that he can be the answer to Tampa Bay's goaltending problem, but he will have to be consistent. The only thing that might hold Bishop back is his lack of experience as a full-time NHL goaltender, but with the size and talent this young man possesses, I doubt that will be an issue.
After many years of playing in the AHL and serving as a backup, Ben Bishop has finally gotten his chance to be a starting goaltender. After his terrific performance last night, it's safe to say that Bishop will shine in Tampa Bay.