Report: Lightning’s Ben Bishop Says He’s Ready To Return

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The foundering Tampa Bay Lightning, who have lost four straight games and are four points out of a playoff spot, got some good news Wednesday, right from the source.

Goaltender Ben Bishop, who has been on injured reserve since December with a lower body injury, took part in a full practice and declared himself “ready to go” according to a report in the Tampa Bay Times.

The Bolts have a back-to-back two-game home stand coming up against Buffalo (Thursday) and Columbus (Friday) and its expected that Bishop will make a start in one of them.

With the trade deadline looming and the Lightning getting decent goaltending from Andrei Vasilevskiy, Bishop’s performance over the next month and a half could loom large. He’s an unrestricted free agent at season’s end and could be dangled.

However, Bishop was not his usual Vezina-worthy self (he was second in voting for top netminder last year) in 22 games so far, going 9-10-2, with a 2.79 goals against average and .907 save percentage.

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