Bishop to have wrist surgery, expected to be ready for camp
Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop will have surgery on his injured right wrist next week to repair ligament damage that has bothered him since January. Bishop will have the surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. He said he will be in a cast for six weeks.
Total rehab time is three to four months, though he said he is confident he will be ready for the start of training camp.
Additionally, Bishop finally confirmed he had a left elbow injury that kept him out of the playoffs, saying the joint was dislocated when he extended and fell catching a floating puck April 8 against the Maple Leafs.
He said had the Eastern Conference quarterfinal against the Canadiens been extended, he likely would have played Game 6.
"We were laughing about it because as a goalie how do you hurt your wrist or your elbow?" Bishop said. "Usually it's the groin or something in the lower body."
Bishop originally was hurt during warmups for the Jan. 5 game at Edmonton. He wore a cast in games since then. He said he reinjured it in a Feb. 6 game against Toronto.
"Marty (St. Louis) used to give me a lot of crap," Bishop said. "I probably led the league in dropped sticks. I couldn't hold my stick. Any time anyone touched it I had to drop it."
Despite the injuries, Bishop had a career year with 37 wins in 63 games with a 2.23 goals-against average and .924 save percentage, both team records.