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Bishop is answer to Stars’ struggles

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The Dallas Stars have it all. Great talent up front. Solid back end with young talent developing every game. The only problem is the goaltending.

The Stars are literally one piece away from being a Stanley Cup contender.

The struggles in net for Dallas are no secret. Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi are being paid a combined $10.4 million, and their combined goals against average (GAA) is 3.04.

Those numbers do not go along with the Stars 2.8 goals-per-game and their offensive firepower. Dallas has allowed 30.4 shots per game, which is 16th in the league. So, the defense is not allowing an insane amount of shots to find the goaltenders.

It is rare to find a top level goaltender that is available before the trade deadline. The last large trade of a goaltender at deadline time was Ryan Miller, when he was sent to the St. Louis Blues in 2014. When Miller was traded, he was past his prime and underwhelmed in his short stint in St. Louis.

This season, the Tampa Bay Lightning are looking to deal their starting goaltender Ben Bishop. Bishop becomes a free agent this summer, and Andrei Vasilevskiy has proven he can be a solid starter. The Lightning will have more important free agents to worry about, namely Tyler Johnson and Jonathon Drouin, and would rather get something in return for Bishop instead of letting him walk free.

The Stars are a perfect fit for Bishop. The offense is already at an elite level, even though injuries have slowed down their older producers this season. While the Minnesota Wild have proven to be the best team in the West during the regular season, there really is not a clear favorite in the conference.

In 36 playoff games, Bishop holds a 21-13 record with a 2.09 GAA and a .927 save percentage. Last playoffs, he went 8-2 in 11 games with a 1.86 GAA and a .939 save percentage.

A hot goalie is always a key proponent to a Stanley Cup run. If the Stars acquire Bishop, they can be a very dangerous team if he is at the top of his game.