Multiple reports have indicated that Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is becoming more and more willing to move goaltender Ben Bishop before the trade deadline kicks in at 3pm ET on March 1.
Bishop, 30, is in the final-year of his contract that pays him $5.95 million per season, and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
With the Bolts' goaltending future secured by Andrei Vasilevskiy, moving Bishop as opposed to losing him for nothing as a free agent seems to be the path Tampa is going to take.
However, as Elliotte Friedman noted in his latest "30 Thoughts" column on Sportsnet.ca, the "current offers (for Bishop) are low and Yzerman isn't biting."
That could certainly change in the coming weeks, especially if the team interested in acquiring him would be willing to sign Bishop to a long-term contract extension, of which he would have to agree to.
Bishop was almost traded to the Calgary Flames in late-June of last summer, but the deal fell through after the two sides were unable to come to terms on a seven-year extension.
The Dallas Stars, Winnipeg Jets, Vancouver Canucks, Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers and Flames could all have serious interest in Bishop leading up to the deadline.