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Dreger: ‘Price for Ben Bishop has to be significantly high’

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Darren Dreger was on Toronto’s TSN 1050 on Monday morning:

On how Andrei Vasilevskiy has signed a three-year contract extension, and on how the Dallas Stars might be a logical choice for the Tampa Bay Lightning when the time comes to trade Ben Bishop:

“That would be the target for me too, is the Dallas Stars. Jimmy Nill felt like he rectified the situation of goaltending this past year in Dallas. Yet as the season wore on, and into the playoffs, goaltending became a bit of a question mark for them again, and a bigger one as Nill and the Stars went into the off-season. But it’s still a little premature to push the panic button there.

“And the price for Ben Bishop has to be significantly high, in terms of the quality of maybe the young prospect that you’re going to have to give up, or the draft picks that you’re going to have to give up. He’s still under contract for this year. And then on top of that, of course, is how do you lure him away from unrestricted free agency.

“I think that combination was a lethal one for the Calgary Flames at the draft. Calgary would have preferred to acquire Ben Bishop. That’s just fact. I mean, Brian Elliott is a good goaltender, but Ben Bishop is better. Treliving just didn’t want to pay the asking price, and was terrified that he was probably staring at a seven-year term at better than $6 million per to extend contract, and that was too much, all-in.”

Source: TSN 1050/ Transcript: Nichols

Dreger: ‘Price for Ben Bishop has to be significantly high’

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