Hold off on Stars trading a goalie; Ben Bishop to remain on long-term IR

Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop’s long recovery from a knee injury has hit another setback.

The team recalled Bishop from his conditioning assignment with the AHL’s Texas Stars on Saturday and said he will remain on long-term injured reserve.

Bishop, 35, has not played in an NHL game since March 10, 2020. He underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee on Oct. 21, 2020.

This summer he waived his no-move clause for the Seattle Kraken expansion draft.

Bishop to stay on LTIR

He returned to the ice on Thursday with the Stars’ AHL affiliate and allowed eight goals on 34 shots in an 8-4 loss against the Chicago Wolves.

“It was a lot of fun to be back out there,” Bishop said after the game. “Obviously, would have liked a little different result, but it’s been a long process, a long road to be able to get back and play in a game. Obviously, there’s still a little work to be done, a little rusty, but it felt really nice to be back out there.”

Bishop owns a 222-128-36 record with 33 shutouts, a 2.32 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in 413 NHL games with the St. Louis Blues, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning, Los Angeles Kings and Stars.

The 6-foot-7 goaltender, a two-time All-Star, signed a six-year, $29.5 million contract with the Stars in May 2017.

–Field Level Media