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Ben Bishop ready for next chapter with Kings

Goalie eager to help Los Angeles with playoff push after trade from Lightning

by Jessi Pierce / Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Goalie Ben Bishop took part in his first morning skate with the Los Angeles Kings before their game against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV). He said it felt like the first day of school with a new uniform, a new system and a new group of classmates.

"Meeting with the goalie coaches it's like agenda day or syllabus day where they kind of just lay it out there for ya …," Bishop said. "It's a bit of a whirlwind but it's fun. I'm excited to be here."

Bishop was traded to the Kings by the Tampa Bay Lightning for goaltender Peter Budaj, defenseman Erik Cernak, a seventh-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft and a conditional pick in 2017 on Sunday. He'll back up Jonathan Quick against the Wild but coach Darryl Sutter said he will see plenty of minutes with the Kings three points behind the St. Louis Blues for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.

"Jonathan Quick can't play every game," Sutter said. "He has a long-term contract, which means you want him to fulfill that contract and be a healthy a player…With these injuries he's had in the last three or four years, we're not going to nail him to the cross in the next six weeks."

Bishop is in the final season of a two-year, $11.9 million contract with an average annual value of $5.95 million, according to He is 16-12-3 with a 2.55 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in 32 appearances (31 starts) this season.

Selected by the St. Louis Blues in the third round (No. 85) of the 2005 draft, Bishop played 13 games for the Blues before he was traded to the Ottawa Senators on Feb. 26, 2012. The Lightning acquired him from the Senators on April 3, 2013.

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"This is the third time I've been traded, so you kind of learn a little bit what to expect," Bishop said. "The hockey world's a really small community. You go in for breakfast this morning and you already see a bunch of guys you've met before and you kind of know, and I'm sure by the end of the week you'll feel like you've been on the team all year, so that's the good thing about the hockey world is everybody's so inviting and so good.

"It's just one of those transitions you try not to think too much of it. You just kind of go out there and do your job and slowly try to get to know everybody, try to remember everyone's names."

A two-time Vezina Trophy finalist (2013, 2015), Bishop helped the Lightning reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2015 and the Eastern Conference Final last season. He is Tampa Bay's all-time leader in wins (131), shutouts (17), save percentage (.921) and GAA (2.28).

"I've been [in Tampa Bay] the last four years and really kind of put some roots down," he said. "I had a feeling this was coming, but it really hasn't hit me too much. I had about an hour and half to get out of there, so there wasn't many goodbyes to be said, but there's definitely a lot of people there that I'd like to thank and that I'll stay close with for a long time.

"I obviously wish them nothing but the best and I'm looking forward to this new chapter on the West Coast now."

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