Ben Bishop, the stud goalie who started the season in Tampa Bay, was traded to Los Angeles in February, then had his negotiating rights traded to Dallas and eventually signed a long term deal with Stars, said in an interview that Vegas is thinking of going “younger and in a different direction.”
I think there was some talk of it from what I understood I didn’t think it was an option. I’m obviously not sure what they are going to do. From what I head they were kind of thinking maybe younger and in a different direction. -Ben Bishop in interview with Hockey Central at Noon
Alright, there’s a lot of questions on this one, and at the moment, I don’t have any of the answers, but let’s try to flush this out as best we can here.
Let’s start with the obvious. How does he know this? And… why does he know this?
Follow the timeline, Bishop entered this season on an expiring contract (set to become a UFA). Then, he goes to LA to close out the year. After the season ends, his right are traded to Dallas, because only the team holding his rights can negotiate with him, where he signed, nearly two months before July 1st, when he would have actually hit the open market.
George McPhee never had a chance to talk to him. He couldn’t even say his name without it being tampering, still can’t. Yet Bishop just spilled an interesting note about what the Golden Knights are thinking of doing for the future.
Who told him this? And could he possibly be right?
McPhee has made a few things clear from the beginning. Those include not taking on bad contracts, getting the most out of every Expansion Draft pick, building through the draft, and playing a fast skilled brand of hockey. Did Bishop read into that type of stuff and just assume he wouldn’t fit, or did someone actually tell him the Golden Knights are thinking younger at the goaltender position?
I’m not going to outright call Ben Bishop a liar, that would just be mean? But, I am going to say, there’s a better chance this is false info than it is he actually knows any bit of McPhee’s expansion strategy.
We are 100% sure George McPhee and Ben Bishop have not spoken since McPhee took the job in Vegas. So at the very best, he heard this directly from someone else and is now passing it on. And that’s highly unlikely because no one outside of the Golden Knights staff has any intimate knowledge of their strategy, and the chances of someone on the staff has told anyone who could relay it to Bishop is slim to none. So, the most likely case is someone advising Bishop took the info through a long game of telephone that he wouldn’t fit in the Golden Knights plan. Bishop believed it, ran with it, and signed with the Stars.
Could he be right? Absolutely. But should we go out and start speculating which young goalies the Golden Knight are now likely to pick, no. Heck, it’s even possible it was in McPhee’s plans to sign Bishop and he never had the chance, we’ll never know, and neither will Bishop.
But here we are, it’s out there, and it will certainly be a quote that will keep coming up over and over again. Plus this TSN article breaking down possible goalies is going to get a lot more clicks than the article you are currently reading. But nonetheless, I’m choosing not to read into it at all, and advise you to do so as well.
Instead, join me in being giddy over the other quote about Vegas he said one sentence later.
I think they are going to be a competitive team to start out with and it’s hard to say what type of team they are gonna be. It definitely seems like a great market and a neat city to play in. I definitely would have thought of the option if it was there. -Bishop
Vegas will be competitive, and a guy as good as Ben Bishop would have considered the option. Good enough for me.