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Lightning G Ben Bishop confident he'll be healthy in time for season

 
Ben Bishop had surgery in April to repair a torn ligament in his wrist. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
Ben Bishop had surgery in April to repair a torn ligament in his wrist. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
Published Sept. 9, 2014

BRANDON — While Lightning goalie Ben Bishop said his surgically repaired right wrist likely won't be 100 percent by training camp next week, he expects to be ready for the season.

"I don't think that will be a problem," Bishop said after Monday's informal skate at the Ice Sports Forum. "The wrist is better, still needs a bit more work, but it's getting there."

Bishop, 27, had surgery in April on a torn ligament, but after a summer of rehab he has faced shots the past three weeks including Monday. He said his range of motion is almost back.

Bishop has been using a pad under his blocker, but plans to phase that out. He doesn't think he'll have any restrictions when camp opens Sept. 18 at Amalie Arena, but said that's up to doctors.

Bishop, a Vezina Trophy finalist, had his season end in early April thanks to a dislocated left elbow, which he says is fine now.

"I'm just taking it day by day," he said.

MALONE APOLOGIZES: Former Lightning wing Ryan Malone joined the Rangers' informal skate Monday in advance of planned contract talks, hoping for a second chance. Malone, 34, also made a public apology to the Lightning, who bought him out in June after his April arrest on DUI and cocaine possession charges.

Last month, Malone pleaded no contest to DUI charges and agreed to a pretrial diversion program on a drug charge.

"I made a mistake and I need to admit that and luckily no one got hurt," Malone told reporters in New York. "It changed my life and my family life for the better. I would like to publicly apologize to (owner Jeff Vinik) and the (Tampa Bay) organization. Mr. Vinik has done so much for the organization there. I wish them the best and the fans were great."

Malone said he feared his career might be over, and that it brought back "that desperation and love of the game." A few teams have shown interest.

"I don't want to go out like how last season ended," he said. "This year is a big opportunity for myself to prove that."