Stars acquire rights to Ben Bishop from Kings

Pekka Rinne continued to dominate these playoffs while Cam Talbot got some help from his defence and Jake Allen made a dandy.

The Dallas Stars have acquired the rights to pending free agent goaltender Ben Bishop from the Los Angeles Kings.

Bishop had a 2.54 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in 39 games this past season, split with the Kings and Tampa Bay Lightning.

He is a two-time Vezina finalist with a career .919 save percentage in 270 appearances.

“Ben has proven that he is one of the elite goaltenders in the NHL,” said Stars general manager Jim Nill in a release. “This offers us the opportunity to negotiate with him before the free agency period begins.”

The Stars sent a fourth-round pick in 2017, originally belonging to the Montreal Canadiens, to the Kings in exchange for Bishop’s rights.

Dallas has until July 1 to reach an agreement with Bishop, before he’ll be able to negotiate with all 30 other teams as a free agent.

The 30-year-old could provide some much-needed stability to the Stars crease, which has been shared by Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi for the past two seasons.

The team missed the post-season this year after posting the worst team save percentage (.893) in the league. The Stars were coming off a season in which they posted the second-best record in the NHL.

  • Ben Bishop
  • Fourth-round pick via (2017)