WINNIPEG — Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop knows the two-year, $4.6 million contract extension he signed Monday is "just a piece of paper."
"A piece of paper with a number on it," Bishop said. "You've got to go out, play hard and prove you're worth it."
The deal solidifies Tampa Bay's plan for Bishop and Anders Lindback, who are expected to share duties in net at least as next season begins. Bishop, 26, acquired at the trade deadline from the Senators for Cory Conacher and a fourth-round draft pick, will get $2.2 million next season (the same as Lindback) and $2.4 million in 2014-15.
"We appreciate Ben's willingness to work on a deal that made sense for both parties," general manager Steve Yzerman said.
"It's exciting," said Bishop, who in six games since being acquired is 2-3-0 with a 3.21 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage. "You work your whole life to get that chance, just try to make the most of it."