Flames acquire Elliott from Blues, eliminating potential Ben Bishop suitor
UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: The Calgary Flames acquired goalie Brian Elliott from the St. Louis Blues, eliminating one potential suitor for the Lightning's Ben Bishop. The Blues received the 35th overall pick in the draft and a conditional third-round pick.
The price for Elliott was likely less than what the Lightning would have asked for Bishop, a two-time Vezina Trophy finalist. While TSN's Bob McKenzie reported the Flames had received permission to talk to Bishop's camp about contract, those discussions were never initiated, the Times has learned.
DEVELOPING: Goalie Ben Bishop could be in his final hours with the Lightning.
The Flames are pushing hard for a No. 1 goaltender, and have been in talks with Tampa Bay about Bishop, a two-time Vezina Trophy finalist. Calgary has also been talking to St. Louis about Brian Elliott.
TSN's Bob McKenzie reported this evening that the Flames have been given permission to talk contract with Bishop, who is entering the final year of his deal with a $5.95 million cap hit. To get that permission appears like talks are in advanced stages. Calgary would likely need to know it can sign Bishop long-term before the trade.
A question will be is Calgary's No. 6 overall pick tonight in play, which could make things move quicker.
GM Steve Yzerman said Thursday that he'd be prepared to deal a goalie if a trade "made sense."
"Not to wait for better because better might not come along," Yzerman said.
Stay tuned for updates.