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07:24 AM ET 08.16 | Of all the candidates poised for a breakout season in 2013-14, Tampa Bay's Ben Bishop may be the most likely goaltender to do so. It has taken a few years, but Bishop finally may have a team he can call his own. The 6-foot-7 goaltender was lost in the shuffle in St. Louis and stuck behind Craig Anderson with the Ottawa Senators; he got his first extended chance to start after the Lightning acquired him in early April. Bishop's 3-4-1 record and 2.99 goals-against average weren't great, but his .917 save percentage and 33.6 shots-faced per game indicate he wasn't getting a lot of help. He could have the inside track for the starting job after getting a two-year contract extension not long after being acquired, but will be competing with Anders Lindback for playing time.

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August 16, 2013  08:37 AM ET

6-foot-7 goalie finally ready for his close-up

Just don't place him next to Marty St. Louis in the team photograph.

August 16, 2013  08:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

6-foot-7 goalie finally ready for his close-upJust don't place him next to Marty St. Louis in the team photograph.

let Marty stand next to his pads, they're probably up to his neck

August 16, 2013  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

6-foot-7 goalie finally ready for his close-up Just don't place him next to Marty St. Louis in the team photograph.

6-foot-7? Holy smokes! Sounds like Chara v. 2.0!

August 16, 2013  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

6-foot-7 goalie finally ready for his close-up Just don't place him next to Marty St. Louis in the team photograph.

Does this Bishop have your blessing?

August 16, 2013  09:39 AM ET

6-foot-7 goalie finally ready for his close-up

Is Sunset Boulevard in Tampa Bay?

August 16, 2013  09:42 AM ET
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Does this Bishop have your blessing?

Yeah...why not.

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August 16, 2013  09:52 AM ET
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but his .917 save percentage and 33.6 shots-faced per game indicate he wasn't getting a lot of help.And what, exactly, has Tampa done to address this issue?

Amnestied Vinny...that's about it.

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August 16, 2013  10:00 AM ET
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Sounds like they could use Dion Phaneuf...

I can think of 6.5 millions reasons why they won't.

August 16, 2013  10:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

6-foot-7 goalie finally ready for his close-upIs Sunset Boulevard in Tampa Bay?

no Mr. DeMille

August 16, 2013  10:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Yeah...why not.

THE BISHOP!!!!!!

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August 16, 2013  10:29 AM ET
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They're paying Matt Carle $5.5. What's the big diff?

A million dollars and about a bazillion brain cells.

August 16, 2013  10:37 AM ET
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6-foot-7 goalie finally ready for his close-upJust don't place him next to Marty St. Louis in the team photograph.

I don't know how Marty feels about HIM, but he is nuts over Marty

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August 16, 2013  10:52 AM ET

6'7 but probably has really short arms.

August 16, 2013  10:53 AM ET
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I know Carle's not the shiniest penny in the jar but he's not that dumb.

Miss Pinch is still pondering how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges.

August 16, 2013  11:03 AM ET
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6'7 but probably has really short arms.

Now starting in goal...T. Rex?

 
August 16, 2013  12:22 PM ET
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THE BISHOP!!!!!!

Thanks, Spiny. There are Bishops and then there is .... THE BISHOP!!!!!!

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