Earlier this summer, the Dallas Stars traded Ben Bishop to the Buffalo Sabers. Bishop will not be playing again due to a chronic, degenerative injury, but his contract still has one year remaining on a salary of $3.5 million (including a $1 million signing bonus).
Now, just a few months later, the Stars are bringing him back. The Stars hired Bishop as a player development coordinator, by Matthew DeFranks by the Dallas Morning News. It remains unclear how this will affect his contract with Sabers.
The team also promoted Sam Lites as director of organizational analysis.
Bishop, 35, is one of the best goalkeepers of his generation but has struggled with injuries throughout his career. The towering 6-7 goalscorer has a career save rate of 0.921 in 423 regular-season appearances, has been a three-time Vezina finalist and has a record of 222-128-36 across sections of 11 seasons. His most astonishing performance came in the 2018-19 season with the Stars, when he led the league with a save rate of 0.934 in 46 games, including 32.2 goals conceded above the all-time high. medium.
In 2015, he led the Tampa Bay Lightning to game 6 of the Stanley Cup final, scoring .921 in 25 appearances after the season. Overall in his career, his playoff numbers are even better than the regular season, with .924 in 52 games.
After attempting to return in 2021-22 after more than a year of rehab, he played just one game for the Texas Stars before waving the white flag and declaring his career over. While he did not use the word retire at the time due to an ongoing contract, he will not be playing again. However, his time playing hockey is not over yet, as netminder will be joining the office and starting the next chapter at a fairly young age.