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Bishop to undergo wrist surgery, should be ready for Lightning camp

Apr 24, 2014, 12:41 PM EDT

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After a season filled with nagging injuries, Ben Bishop is going under the knife.

On Thursday, the Tampa Bay goalie said he’d be undergoing offseason wrist surgery to repair ligament damage, a procedure that will keep him in a cast for six weeks with a 3-4 month rehabilitation timeframe.

“My golf game is going to suffer,” Bishop joked, per the Tampa Bay Times.

The wrist ailment doesn’t appear to be related to the elbow dislocation that knocked Bishop out of Tampa’s opening-round playoff sweep to Montreal. The NHL’s tallest netminder was dealing with a wrist problem back in February but played through the pain, according to the Tampa Tribune.

“(The wrist) hasn’t been great,” Bishop said, coming out of the Olympic break.”But I just want to give the team a chance to win every night, even if I’m not 100 percent.’’

Today, Bishop told the Times he’s “100 percent” confident he’ll be ready for training camp in the fall.

That’s important, because next year promises to be a huge one for both Bishop and the Bolts. He put forth a Vezina-caliber effort this year, going 37-14-7 (4th in the NHL in wins) with a 2.23 GAA (7th), .924 save percentage (7th) and five shutouts (5th). Looking ahead, it’ll be interesting to see if Bishop is named one of the three Vezina finalists, and if he can build on this year’s success — next year, he’s in the last of his two-year, $4.6 million deal with Tampa Bay.

  1. falstaffsmind - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Best of luck with the surgery Ben.

  2. barkar942 - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Such a shame. I think if he had been healthy, Tampa could have gone much further this year.

    • patthehockeyfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      No question about it.

  3. boltsfan777 - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Ben had an amazing season. Very steady, made many great saves, and the ones he was supposed to make. It had to be a great boost to the young team. He certainly covered several defensive deficiencies, exposed in the playoffs. I imagine that’s being addressed right now. He excelled in several back-to-backs as well.

  4. dirtyharry1971mom - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    This would explain why his save % went from .935 to .924 since that game in Edmonton. I really think that might’ve cost him the Vezina. Hope he recovers from the injuries and he’s ready to go come training camp.

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