Flames in market for goalie, targeting Ben Bishop?
It's no secret the Calgary Flames are looking for a No. 1 goaltender, hoping to land one at this weekend's draft.
And you'd have to think they'd try to pry Lightning goalie Ben Bishop.
TSN insider Darren Dreger spoke with Flames GM Brad Treliving, and on a radio spot, said. "It sure sounds like (Treliving) looking at Ben Bishop real hard."
"We’re in a bunch of different markets on that, so we’ll see how it goes,” Treliving said, per Sportsnet. “We’re looking at everything and balancing it.
“This is the time. You need a dance partner, that’s how it works, and you’d like to get [the goalie situation] taken care of. That’s sort of our preference right now.”
Bishop's name has come up in trade rumors due to the fact he has just one year left on his deal, at $5.95 million cap hit. And with the league expanding to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season, the Lightning can't protect both Bishop and future No. 1 Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has said he knows he has to eventually make a decision at goalie, but indicated he could still see a possibility where both Bishop and Vasilevskiy start the season in Tampa Bay.
If the Flames can blow the Lightning away - maybe including the No. 6 overall pick - would Yzerman pull the trigger?
"It's got to make sense," Yzerman has said.
With the Ducks getting a first-round pick (No. 30 overall) this season and a second-rounder next season from the Leafs for goalie Frederik Andersen, it helped set the market somewhat for Bishop. Penguins' Marc-Andre Fleury has also been linked to the Flames.
Bishop has a partial no-move clause, a list of teams he can be dealt to without permission, and you'd think any interested team would want to know if they can sign the two-time Vezina Trophy candidate long-term (like the Leafs did with Andersen).
"Could we argue Bishop is a little bit more established (than Andersen)? Yeah," said NHL Network analyst Craig Button. "But the fact remains (Bishop) is a UFA next summer, what are you prepared to pay him?"
The other factor is, if Bishop is dealt, that could create some cap room to increase an offer to captain Steven Stamkos, who becomes a UFA July 1, or help in signing RFA Nikita Kucherov. Victor Hedman, Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson all need deals after next season.
Either way, the next few days in Buffalo should be interesting.