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Kings Acquire Ben Bishop and pick for Budaj and more

by LA Kings @LAKingsPR /

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Kings have acquired goaltender Ben Bishop and a fifth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for goaltender Peter Budaj , defenseman Erik Cernak, a seventh-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft and a conditional pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

Bishop, 30 (born Nov. 21, 1986), has played in 32 games with the Lightning this year, posting a 16-12-3 record, a 2.55 goals-against average, a .911 save percentage and one shutout.

The 6-7, 216-pound native of Denver, Colo. has played for the Lightning, Ottawa Senators and St. Louis Blues during his eight-year NHL career. In 263 career regular-season games he has posted a 146-77-23 record, a 2.32 goals-against average, a .919 save percentage and 19 shutouts.


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Drafted in the third-round (85th overall) by the St. Louis Blues during the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, he has appeared in 36 playoff games, holding a 21-13 record with a 2.09 goals-against average, a.927 save percentage and five shutouts. During the 2015 playoffs, he helped lead the Lightning to an Eastern Conference Championship before falling in six game to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Budaj, 34, appeared in 53 games this season with the Kings, posting a 27-20-3 record with a 2.12 goals-against average (third in the NHL), a .917 save percentage and seven shutouts (tied for the league-lead).

Cernak, 19, has appeared in 40 games this season with the Erie Otters (OHL), where he has recorded 17 points (3-14=17), a plus-27 rating and 47 penalty minutes.

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