GOOD LORD I JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT BENNY BISH AND IM REALLY UPSET. WHY THE F WOULD TAMPA EVEN THINK OF DOING THAT???
Well there are a few reasons I could guess:
1) Bishop is hella expensive. Idk who’s paying him now but he was eating up $5.95M per season in cap space. The Bolts have a lot of talent which means the roster is pretty pricey. This offseason, we have Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat coming off bridge contracts, and Jonathan Drouin coming off his ELC. There was always the expectation that Bish needed to be moved for cap space
2) Bish’s contract is ending at the end of this season. Per the Vegas expansion rules, every team needs to leave one goalie exposed who will be under contract in 2017-2018. Bish will not be under contract, Vasy will. Hence, Vasy would be exposed and Bish would not.
3) Last offseason Bish was super super close to being traded to the Flames. He knew he was going to be dealt, and he was ready for it. The Lightning this season have been transitioning from Bish as a starter to Vasy as their starter. It was really only a matter of when and to who.
4) Bc the Lightning knew Bish was going to walk at the end of the season if they didn’t trade him, this way they get something for him. LA probably wants a “more reliable” goalie for the playoffs, and the Lightning might not even make the playoffs, so it’s a good time for the trade.
BUT ANYWAY ALL THIS RATIONALIZING DOESN’T MEAN I’M NOT UPSET