Kings acquire goalie Ben Bishop in trade with Lightning

Ben Bishop makes a blocker save for Tampa Bay against Edmonton in a game last week.

Bishop was traded from the Lightning to the Kings on Sunday in exchange for Peter Budaj, Erik Cernak, a 2017 seventh-round draft pick, and a 2017 conditional draft pick. Bishop's contract carries a $5.95 million salary cap hit and according to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, Tampa will retain 20 percent of the salary. Andrei Vasilevskiy will take over starting goalie duties for the Lightning.

Tampa Bay sits in 12th place in the Eastern Conference and six games out of a playoff spot, while the Kings are in ninth and trail the St. Louis Blues by two points.

Budaj, 34, became the Kings No. 1 goalie with Quick out, his seven shut-outs tying the league high.

Bishop, 30, a one-time finalist for the Vezina Award as the NHL's top goaltender, has played in 32 games this season, posting a 16-12-3 record with a 2.55 goals-against average, a.911 save percentage and one shutout.

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"It's great to be in the locker room on game day and all and to be a part of it", Quick said on Saturday, after recording 32 saves versus the Ducks. We're not playing, what do you guys play? He looked sharp too, in the Kings' 4-1 victory.

Ben Bishop's pending unrestricted free agency meant he'd likely finish the season in a different zip code.

Cernak, a second-round pick by 2015, has three goals, 14 assists and a plus-27 rating to go along with 47 penalty minutes in 40 games with Erie of the Ontario Hockey League.

Lombardi was asked how he thought Quick and Bishop - two hyper competitive starters - would react to competing for the net. It still should improve Los Angeles and give the Kings a better shot at the playoffs even if it didn't address the team's biggest area of need.

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