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Lightning give goalie Bishop two-year contract extension

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goalie Ben Bishop to a two-year contract extension, the club announced today.

Bishop was acquired at the trade deadline from Ottawa in return for forward Cory Conacher. Since joining Tampa Bay, the tall 26-year-old is 2-3-1 with a .916 save percentage.

It’s expected Bishop and Anders Lindback will compete for the Lightning’s starting job next season. Veteran backup Mathieu Garon is a pending unrestricted free agent.

According to TSN, it’s a $4.6 million deal that will pay Bishop $2.2 million in 2013-14 and $2.4 million in 2014-15.

Ex-Bolts coach Boucher speaks about ‘shock’ firing: ‘This is difficult’

Guy Boucher

On Wednesday, former Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Guy Boucher spoke publicly for the first time since being dismissed on Mar. 24.

Even though he’s had 11 days to process the decision, he’s still feeling the emotions.

“It was a shock,’’ Boucher told the Tampa Tribune. “But that’s the business and you have to deal with it.

“It’s something you have to deal with and it puts a lot of things in perspective. This is difficult. It’s a tough one, but adversity makes you grow.’’

Boucher was relieved of his duties after an eventful two-and-a-half years on the job.

His first season couldn’t have gone much better — the Bolts finished with 103 points (23 more than the previous season) and came within a game of the Stanley Cup finals.

From there, though, things went south as both injuries and goaltending issues plagued the team.

Over the last two seasons, Vincent Lecavalier, Ryan Malone, Victor Hedman and Mattias Ohlund have all missed significant time and the revolving door of ineffective netminders — Dwayne Roloson, Mathieu Garon and, most recently, Anders Lindback — saw Tampa Bay win just 38 games last year and 13 this year before Boucher was replaced by AHL Syracuse head coach John Cooper.

Boucher alluded to both of these issues as reasons he was probably let go, but made no bones about it — that’s part of the  business, adding he held no grudge against the man that fired him, GM Steve Yzerman.

“Steve and I had had a brief conversation that day and he said he wanted to make a change,’’ Boucher said. “We didn’t have any problems. We stuck together as a team and as a staff and made a lot happen.

“You can’t control injuries and you can’t control personnel that’s available and not available.’’

Boucher does leave Tampa with a solid resume-booster. He remains the franchise’s all-time leader in regular season winning percentage (.546) and playoff winning percentage (.611).

Trade: Bishop sent to Lightning for Conacher


Goalie Ben Bishop has been traded from Ottawa to Tampa Bay for rookie-of-the-year candidate Cory Conacher and a fourth-round pick.

Bishop, 26, went 8-5-0 with an impressive .922 save percentage this season for Ottawa, but the 6-foot-7 netminder was deemed expendable with Craig Anderson already the Senators’ starter and rookie 21-year-old Robin Lehner showing he’s ready to play in the NHL as well.

Bishop will join a Tampa Bay team that’s received inconsistent goaltending from Anders Lindback, Mathieu Garon and, to a lesser extent, Cedrick Desjardins.

As it stands, Bishop will likely battle Lindback for the number one job going forward. (Both Garon and Desjardins are unrestricted free agents.)

The price the Lightning paid for Bishop was certainly “significant.” Conacher, 23, has 24 points in 35 games, ranking the diminutive Canisius College product second behind only Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau in NHL rookie scoring.