In a proactive play to fill their biggest offseason need, the Stars on Monday acquired the rights to goalie Ben Bishop in a trade with the Kings, the teams announced.
Solomon Hill Authentic Jersey Dallas agreed to send a fourth-round pick in June’s draft to Los Angeles for the exclusive negotiating rights to Bishop, a pending unrestricted free agent and the most accomplished name on a loaded open market for goalies this summer.
The Stars’ precipitous plunge from Western Conference No. 1 seed to NHL bottom feeder this past season was largely attributed to the poor play of Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen, who split time in the crease as the club allowed the second-most goals in the NHL. To address the issue, they found a logical trade partner in the Kings, who happened to have spare Vezina Trophy-caliber talent on hand.
After the expansion draft and entry draft pass, how do you see the rest of the summer playing out for the Devils?
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It’s hard to say because I don’t have the crystal ball and I don’t control a lot of things because, let’s be honest, there are 30 other teams trying to get better. But my goals remain the same since the day I was hired: the things we are doing have to help us not only in the short term, but also in the longer term. If there is a short-term thing, there has to be a real specific reason, whether it’s our culture or a specific role. For us, it’s about creating an identity with speed and passion, and a big part of that is developing our younger players, seeing where they are in training camp. Mikey McLeod (2016 first round pick), it’s either make the team or go back to junior next year. No. 1, though, it’s about having patience and knowing we have assets in terms of draft picks, prospects and cap space. Don’t rush into anything and regret it later.