Kings get Ben Bishop from Tampa Bay in exchange for Peter Budaj

Bishop is 16-12-3 this season with a 2.55 goals-against average and.911 save percentage - both of which are personal-worsts in a campaign which he appeared in at least 25 games.

This trade would have made a lot of sense had it happened a month or two ago, but the fact that it occurred just one day following Jonathan Quick's return from a lengthy injury is a bit puzzling. Los Angeles also receives a 2017 fifth-round draft pick. The Kings now have 64 points and are in ninth-place in the Western Conference. "We're very optimistic that with time he can develop into an National Hockey League player". "However, I think there's a number of concerns".

"I think it's probably safe to say with going down the stretch here, we feel we better have a No. 1 in goal every night is probably what it comes down to", Lombardi said. The 34-year-old owns a 27-20-3 mark with a 2.12 GAA and.917 save percentage this season and a 152-127-39 career record with 18 shutouts with the Montreal Canadiens, Colorado Avalanche and Kings.

Bishop is a free agent at the end of the season, and it was expected that Tampa would trade him before the deadline. "Peter did a good job for us, stopped what you're supposed to stop". The Kings next game will come on Monday on the road against the Calgary Flames with either Quick or Bishop in net.

Bishop's departure from Tampa Bay is just the latest upheaval in a tough season for the talent-loaded Lightning, who lost captain Steven Stamkos to knee surgery in mid-November. He led Tampa Bay to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2015.

Lombardi was the general manager of the US team last season at the World Cup of Hockey, and the Missouri-raised Bishop was on his roster.



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