The LA Kings made a monster trade on Sunday and it's not just because their new goalie is 6-foot-7.
According to LA Kings Insider Jon Rosen and Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop is headed to LA in exchange for Peter Budaj, Erik Cernak and 5th, 7th and a conditional draft pick in 2017. The Lightning will retain 20-percent of Bishop's cap hit according to Rosen.
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Hearing Ben Bishop is indeed going to the Kings.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 26, 2017
The Lightning's all-time leader in regular-season wins, Bishop was last season's Vezina Trophy runner-up as the league's best goaltender. It had been rumored for quite some time the Lightning were shopping Bishop while he split time this season with up-and-coming goalie Andrei Vasilevsky.
With the addition of Bishop and the return of the Kings' two-time Stanley Cup winning Jonathan Quick, the Kings tandem of goalies rivals the best the NHL has seen in quite sometime.
Included in the trade, Budaj had filled in admirably for Quick in the latter's 60 game absence but Bishop provides a serious upgrade in cause Quick suffers any subsequent injuries.