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He’s No. 4: Bishop named U.S. Olympic reserve netminder

Jan 6, 2014, 9:10 PM EDT

Ben Bishop is one injury away from being an Olympian.

That’s what Bishop has been told, anyway, according to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie:

Bishop, currently sidelined with an injury of his own (that’s not believed to be serious) was narrowly edged out by Jimmy Howard for the third and final Olympic spot on Jan. 1, when USA Hockey made its official roster announcement. Bishop said he was contacted by Panthers GM Dale Tallon, one of the members of the American selection committee, to explain that Howard was chosen based on superior experience, most notably in the playoffs.

This most recent call, though, was a happier one.

USA Hockey confirmed that Bishop would be going to Sochi should injury hit one of Jonathan Quick, Ryan Miller or Howard — and it’ll be interesting to see if the trio can stay healthy. Howard and Quick have already missed time this season with ailments and Quick, who made his return to the net in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Vancouver, was feeling rough on Monday and had to “gut through” practice.

Bishop leads all American netminders this season in wins (22), GAA (1.86) and save percentage (.935).

  1. joey4id - Jan 6, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Good for him. Next they will name Ryan as reserve forward. 😊

    • lowenni - Jan 6, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      Or Okposo. He’s a better skater, although he isn’t the goalscorer Ryan is. Few are.

      • joey4id - Jan 6, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        I guess it will come down to whomever can spell intense. :-)

      • valoisvipers - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:02 PM

        Ah but can he spell intense?

    • c9castine - Jan 6, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      would prefer to see him there than howard because i don’t trust miller if quick isn’t healthy for some reason. and howard has been banged up and is not playing well.

      i think poile and crew made the wrong choice taking howard…ben bishop is the best goalie in the league right now. ill take the hot hand in a short tournament.

      • shoobiedoobin - Jan 7, 2014 at 7:19 PM

        Keywords: right and now. Howard is in a slump but has obviously shown himself to be a top 5 goalie in hockey.

        I don’t know why people whine. It’s not like if Howard keeps playing bad he’ll automatically see ice time. It’s whoever earns it. And Howard is a better goalie than Ben Bishop, quite clearly.

      • c9castine - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:45 AM

        ok i mean yeah he was. thats just my point how is howard clearly a better goaltender? what tells you that cause if i can solve 1+1=2 i can look at these two goaltenders and tell you ben bishop is the better goalie right now. RIGHT NOW. i got news for you the olympics are not jumping in a delorean and gunning it t 88.

      • shoobiedoobin - Jan 9, 2014 at 2:15 PM

        ^Then why don’t teams cut players in slumps before the playoffs? Because good players are good players and bounce back better than flash in the pan jobbers. Especially when surrounded by help. Pick the best player, not the best player at the moment. As far as Bishop popped up he can disappear.

      • c9castine - Jan 9, 2014 at 2:35 PM

        playoffs and olympics are much different situations, come on now. listen i see why you think that way just tell you i think differently. id rather go with a guy who has played amazing not just for two weeks but all season. he’s pretty much carried his team. everybody keeps thinking he’s gonna come back down to earth, but he hasn’t. he is a goalie that has gotten better every this isn’t a huge surprise to some. besides, what if you take bishop as your number 3 and he learn a lot and get confidence and ends up being a legitimate elite American net minder? i think they future is something to consider here as well. i think howard is a good goalie no doubt but if he had to play in the big game i wouldn’t trust him. bishop is showing a lot of confidence right now and that can make all the difference in the moment.

      • shoobiedoobin - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:43 PM

        Wtf do you mean come on now? Think. They’re both important scenarios where winning is desperately coveted. You don’t sound like someone who has watched Howard anyway. You’ll say you have but I won’t buy it. Bishop is carried as much by his team as anyone, that’s likely why people much more qualified, credible and logical than you made that decision. You don’t negate years of excellence with a couple months of mediocrity, especially since his “slump” is becoming grossly overrated-his defenders have hung him out and he’s also been hurt. If it wasn’t for Howard some nights the score would be above 5 or 6 against. It pays to pay attention.

        And Bishop is not carrying anything. Goalies don’t carry teams in this league anymore. He’s as much a product of his team as anyone.

      • c9castine - Jan 9, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        first of all relax i said i wasn’t going to think the way you are. years of excellence is also a stretch.

        jon cooper will tell you bishop is as responsible for their record as anybody. he just told nhl network that last week. i don’t watch howard much. the only reason you can be this adamant about convincing me a guy should be on the team that is already on the team is your a detroit fan. otherwise, just chill out.

        howard is 7-9-8 with a 2.65 GAA. thats rough don’t care what excuse you come up with.

      • c9castine - Jan 9, 2014 at 5:22 PM

        lol look at you going through and thumbs upping your comments, thumbs downing mine. jeez.

        notice how the majority of people thought my way of thinking on this was reasonable.

      • shoobiedoobin - Jan 9, 2014 at 6:01 PM

        ^I’m not the one doing that, thanks. I also don’t need group approval. If you follow the internet hive mind you learn nothing and know nothing. For example it leads you to stating you don’t watch Howard, yet you claim years of excellence is a stretch. If you’ve watched him you’d see exactly what I’m talking about.

        You look at stats and judge. I watch play on the ice. So do the members of the Team USA front office. Who when compared to Jon Cooper would trump him any day of the week. Since that matters to you.

        This just boils down to like I said, staring at the tip of your nose vs rational long term thinking. They picked Howard for a reason. He’s a better overall goaltender, slumps/high points are fleeting.

        Use your eyes. Numbers lie. When people say they don’t it’s because they’re using them as a phony crutch to fashion a BS argument. His record and stats mean nothing when you watch him and know the context of the scenario. The tired old “no matter what excuse you use” thing is for the lazy man who wants numbers to think for him. You’ll try countering this but there’s no real rational counter argument. Just click back and save us both the time.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jan 8, 2014 at 5:05 AM

      Ryan or Saad would be better (assuming Ryan is willing to own whatever role his is assigned)

      • shoobiedoobin - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:45 PM

        Ryan has a piss poor attitude, is way too arrogant and isn’t a team player. He’s also lazy and a floater. He didn’t deserve to be chosen unless half the roster disappeared tomorrow.

      • c9castine - Jan 9, 2014 at 5:26 PM

        jeez shoobie a lot of bad traits for an NHL all star to possess

      • shoobiedoobin - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        ^David Poile and Brian Burke noticed them and if they’re to be believed, the entire room who raised their hands when asked to confirm it noticed them too.

        Not a big thinker are you?

  2. lowenni - Jan 6, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Although Bishop is having a fantastic season and Howard most certainly is not, I do understand that experience has to play a factor here, as Bishop hasn’t played any playoff games, faltered in last years World Championships, while Howard has a lot of playoff and international experience. And it’s only the 3rd spot, chances are Howard or Bishop won’t be playing anyways. At least Bishop is getting recognized here by the US management.

  3. pfpmb - Jan 6, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    “Bishop said he was contacted by Panthers GM Dale Tallon.” I know I’ll take a little flack for this but is it not considered tampering if the Panthers GM is talking to a Lightning goalie?

    • hazlydose - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:56 AM

      “one of the members of the American selection committee”. Was it tampering when Poile called the players to tell them they made the team as well?

  4. beyor35 - Jan 7, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Stupid… He should be in there above Howard or even Thomas… Howard sucks this year and for us to win we need a goalie that is going to stand on his head…

  5. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Jan 7, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Is it really necessary to have your 3rd string goalie be experienced when your starter and backup already have plenty of experience? Seems to make more sense to pick the hot hand as your 3rd string guy, because of you ever need to rely on someone that far back in the depth chart you’re in a boom or bust situation anyways.

    • shoobiedoobin - Jan 7, 2014 at 7:23 PM

      Picking a “hot hand” is typical internet fan foolishness. You wouldn’t be in a boom-or-bust scenario, you still have a stacked team. Picking a flash in the pan would PUT YOU INTO that scenario. Typically they pick the 3 guys with the most upside (which they did) and whoever earns it gets it. Howard from the moment he entered the NHL has been underrated and as soon as he slumps for half a season he’s suddenly crap and Bishop should go? Gotta love the tip-of-your-nose internet attitude. What have you done for me in the last 2 weeks?

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jan 8, 2014 at 5:09 AM

        Actually, it’s been the current 1/2 season, regarding both.

      • c9castine - Jan 9, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        scirvens is a flash in the pan. carter hutton and mazenac, flashes.

        ben bishop is now 40-22-7 in his career with a .922% sv and is carrying the load for the 3rd team in the east.

        looks like a promising young goaltender to me.

  6. shoobiedoobin - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    That’s basically one season, two on a time share. So if Bishop immediately played poorly until he was no longer a goalie, or for argument’s sake disappeared today, you wouldn’t define him as a flash in the pan? C’mon, you have to just like the guy. This reeks of bias.

    You come off as someone who doesn’t think things through. Look past the tip of your nose.

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