Ben Bishop eyes starter job for Tampa Bay

(Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning)

Big Ben Bishop, now with his third franchise, could land a spot between the pipes for the Tampa Bay Lightning.Bishop, who was drafted by his hometown and childhood favorite St. Louis, spent last year during the lockout with the Binghamton Senators of the AHL before getting a call-up to Ottawa. The big club sent Bishop in the spring down to Tampa as Ottawa found itself with a gluttony of goaltenders.

“You definitely see the other side of professional-sports life where you know you can be in one city one day and in another city the next,” Bishop told NHL.com recently.

The Paul Bunyan-sized netminder finished last season 3-4-1 with a 2.99 GAA for the Lightning.

Heading into camp this month, Bishop will duel for the starting job with Anders Lindback, who had a 10-10-1 record with Tampa last season, finishing slightly better than Bishop with a 2.90 GAA, but a lower save percentage of .902, compared to Bishop’s .917.

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