The Dallas Stars have signed goalie Ben Bishop to a six-year, $29.5 million contract extension.
The average cap hit on the deal is $4.916 million per season. It’s a considerable steal for Dallas, which will pay Bishop $1 million less per season than $5.9 million that Kari Lehtonen is slated to receive next season.
The Stars announced the contract on Friday three days after they acquired Bishop’s rights from the Los Angeles Kings for a fourth-round draft pick.
Bishop is 148-80-25 in 270 games with the Lightning, Kings, Ottawa Senators and St. Louis Blues.
The 30-year-old had a .910 save percentage and 2.54 goals-against average in 39 games this season. He has a .919 save percentage, 2.32 GAA and 19 shutouts in his NHL career and twice has finished in the top three in Vezina Trophy voting (second in 2015-16; third in 2013-14).
Bishop was coming off a two-year, $11.9 million contract he signed with Tampa Bay before the 2015-16 season. He was traded to the Kings with a fifth-round pick in the 2017 draft for goalie Peter Budaj, defenseman Erik Cernak, a seventh-round pick in the 2017 draft, and a conditional seventh-round pick in 2017.