All 'quiet' on Ben Bishop front — so far
The NHL's silly season continues, with the draft this weekend and free agency opening July 1.
Beware of fake Twitter accounts and false rumors.
There were some reports on social media - from fake accounts like one misrepresenting respected ESPN writer Pierre LeBrun - that Lightning goalie Ben Bishop was getting traded to Calgary Tuesday.
Now Bishop, 29, entering the final year of his deal at $5.95 million, may eventually get dealt. And Calgary is in need of a No.1 goalie. But Bishop might also not get moved. At the least, nothing is imminent right now. Bishop has a partial no-move clause, meaning he has a list of teams he can be traded to without his permission, and agent Allain Roy said everything was "quiet" Tuesday morning.
That could change during the draft Friday and Saturday in Buffalo, with general manager Steve Yzerman lilkely getting calls on Bishop, a two-time Vezina Trophy finalist, especially with Tampa Bay's cap crunch and backup Andrei Vasilevskiy a potential No. 1 of the future. Calgary, for example, has the sixth overalll pick and some talented young forwards. Yzerman would be smart to listen.
But Yzerman doesn't have to trade Bishop - who wouldn't need to get protected in any expansion draft next year. And Yzerman has said there's "absolutely" a possibility the Lightning starts the season with both Bishop and Vasilevskiy.
"I think we have two elite starting goaltenders," Yzerman said at the end of the season. "Vasy is young and he hasn't had that track record, but he's just showing he can start now on a really good team. At some point, whether it's expansion, the cap or we've got two guys that need the net, I'm going to have to make a decision. I can't tell you if it's tomorrow or a year from now."
As Yzerman said with any trade of his goaltender, "It's got to make sense."