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Lightning’s Bishop fears being a ‘one-hit wonder’

Aug 2, 2014, 10:08 PM EST

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By signing a “bridge” deal – albeit a golden gate of a bridge at almost $12 million over two yearsBen Bishop shows that he’s willing to prove to the Tampa Bay Lightning (and the rest of the NHL) that his breakthrough season wasn’t just a fluke. He told the Tampa Bay Times as much on Saturday.

“I had one really good year this year – I think I’ve still got to prove myself,” Bishop said. “I want to be consistent year in and year out. I don’t want to be a one-hit wonder. I want to be even better this year. I thought it was a fair deal on both sides.”

Really, the biggest question is which recording artist gets the one-hit wonder reference? Let’s go with “No one wants to be the goaltending Rico Sauve.”

It’s easy to dismiss the 27-year-old’s breakthrough 2013-14 campaign as a fluke, especially since his previous career-high for games played in a season was 22. Still, his career save percentage (.920) falls in line with his outstanding .924 mark from last season, so if nothing else, he’s at least taken advantage of his opportunities.

The real question might be whether or not he can recover from the injury issues that derailed the end of his outstanding season. He didn’t exactly guarantee that would happen.

“That’s the goal,” Bishop told the Tampa Bay Times about being ready by September. “I’m not going to say I will be, but I’m pretty confident.”

Now that he’s locked in with Tampa Bay through the 2016-17, Bishop doesn’t have to feel pressured into jumping back into action too soon. Even so, he seems eager to prove that he’s no Right Said Fred.

  1. clayman61 - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    I don’t think that’s what he meant at all.. He doesn’t want to be, but I doubt he’s scared.

    • lowenni - Aug 2, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      Yeah I’ve noticed writers on PHT tend to insert their own adjectives into the titles, maybe just to attract views, which I guess doesn’t surprise me and I get. But you’re right, him saying he doesn’t want to be and him being “afraid” are two different things. And he doesn’t say he’s afraid, if he was afraid of his own abilities I don’t think Tampa would’ve just handed him that big contract.

  2. blomfeld - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    TRANSLATION: BISHOP ‘AIN’T’ NO JOHNATHAN QUICK !!!

    NOT TODAY, NOT TOMORROW, NOT FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Martin Jones
    3) Jonathan Bernier
    4) Ben Scrivens
    5) Cory Schneider

    862) Bob Crane
    863) Ben Bishop
    864) Roberto Luongo
    865) Florence Henderson
    866) Alexander Ovechkin

    • wutangwild - Aug 3, 2014 at 1:46 AM

      Despite the signs, don’t feed him ^^^

      • missmuse1976 - Aug 4, 2014 at 5:07 PM

        Shoot, I’m sorry. I already did.

    • avfanforlife - Aug 3, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      Yes Bloomhard, that’s what the article was all about, comparing Bishop to Quick.

    • missmuse1976 - Aug 4, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      Look, I like him too, but you’ve got Martin Jones as your #2 guy, for real???

  3. billiam55 - Aug 3, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    damm the lightning are gonna have a fun season this year. and when you got this guy in net, you win more.

  4. Hard to BeLeaf - Aug 3, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    One hit wonder?
    He was a hit in St Louis, but they had Halak, so they sent him to Ottawa.
    He was a hit in Ottawa, but Anderson got healthy again, so they sent him to Tampa.
    Now he’s a hit in Tampa and I doubt Nabokov is stealing his job.

    • bluesdroogie - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:53 PM

      The trade that sent Bishop to Ottawa for a 4th rounder will be remebered but rarely spoken of by Blues fans for the next 10 years. Bishop was our future and we let him slip away for virtually nothing. Nothing against Halak or Elliot. They had a great year the year the Blues traded Bishop. I just wish The Blues would have sent Halak or Elliot then and brought Bishop up full time. He is and will continue to be a great goalie in this league. Playing the end of last season with an injured arm and still putting up decent but not great numbers. He will only get better.

      Congrats to Bishop for a new contract and good luck with the rest of your career. Hopefully in 2 years you can come home to Stay.

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