NHL: Los Angeles Kings acquire Ben Bishop from Tampa Bay Lightning

NHL: Los Angeles Kings acquire Ben Bishop from Tampa Bay Lightning

The Los Angeles Kings addressed their goaltending situation on Sunday by acquiring former University of ME standout Ben Bishop from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Budaj, 34, became the Kings No. 1 goalie with Quick out, his seven shut-outs tying the league high.

While Quick was on the shelf, Budaj filled in well as the starter, posting a record of 27-20-3 with a 2.12 GAA and a.917 SV% in 53 games.

Bishop had been the subject of trade rumours since losing his starting job to Andrei Vasilevskiy in the 2016 playoffs.

He was originally drafted in the third-round (85th overall) by the St. Louis Blues during the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

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"I think there were some missed passes, but I just wanted them to get up and down the ice and get used to playing again", Boudreau said, admitting he sought outside advice about how to get his team back in game shape after the layoff. He looked sharp too, in the Kings' 4-1 victory.

Though Bishop makes Los Angeles deeper in goal, there are some questions on whether he was really what they needed most. Number one, you're never sure how well a guy who's been out this long - is he going to have his "A-Game, ' so to speak, or not?"

Less than two seasons removed from a starring role in leading the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup Final, goalie Ben Bishop comes to the Kings in the first big move in advance of Wednesday's trade deadline.

Bishop posted a career-best 2.06 goals against average and.916 save percentage while winning 40 games last season. The Kings' 2.44 goals per-game rank 24th in the National Hockey League - their 2.43 goals allowed per-game rank fifth - and there was a belief that a scoring forward would make more sense at the deadline for the Los Angeles.