Bishop Hasn’t Been Given Starting Role

Source: Mike Halford, NBC Sports Pro Hockey Talk

Lightning_Ben_Bishop_2013As far as the eyeball test goes, Ben Bishop is the clear-cut No. 1 goalie in Tampa at the moment.

Just don’t go telling his head coach that.

Jon Cooper, perhaps out of fear of Bishop becoming complacent, says Bishop is still “earning” the starting gig in Tampa — even though the 6-foot-7 ‘tender has played in 11 of the last 14 games and is one of the NHL’s top goalies from the early part of the season.

“He has the job, but he’s earning the job,” Cooper told the Tampa Tribune. “It hasn’t been given to him. Ben Bishop has holes, but I think he’s raised his competition level from last year to this year.

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