The Tampa Bay Lightning could keep goalies Ben Bishop and Andrei Vasilevskiy for the entire NHL season, rather than trading one of them, general manager Steve Yzerman told the Tampa Bay Times on Thursday.
"That's certainly an option for us," Yzerman said. "And it's not a bad option."
Bishop, 29, is entering the final season of his contract and was almost traded to the Calgary Flames prior to the 2016 NHL Draft in June. Bishop told the newspaper he had contract discussions with the Flames before they instead acquired Brian Elliott in a trade with the St. Louis Blues.
"It looked like for a little bit it was going to happen," Bishop said.
Vasilevskiy, 22, this offseason signed a three-year contract extension worth $3.5 million annually.
Tampa Bay could lose Bishop, whose contract has an NHL salary cap charge of $5.95 million, according to General Fanager, as a free agent next offseason, or lose either goalie in the NHL expansion draft for the Las Vegas team that begins play in 2017-18.