After learning the Los Angeles Kings will have the 11th selection in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, general manager Rob Blake continued rebuilding the team’s roster. The Kings missed the playoffs for the second time in the last three years which led to management changes.
Now in charge, the former Kings defenseman saw fit to move players around in an effort to get younger talent and compete with faster teams around the league. The Kings traded goalie Ben Bishop to the Dallas Stars and gained a fourth-round pick in return, according to Kings:
The LA Kings have acquired a fourth-round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft from Dallas in exchange for goalie Ben Bishop, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.
Bishop came to the Kings via a February trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The plan was to form a strong goaltending duo with Jonathan Quick as the team attempted to make a playoff push. In seven appearances as a King, Bishop went 2-3-3 while allowing 2.49 goals a game with a .900 save percentage.
The move makes sense for a team looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2016-17 NHL season. Scoring goals proved to be a problem for the Kings throughout the year with new head coach John Stevens emphasizing an aggressive Los Angeles attack.
Furthermore, Bishop is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. By giving up the right to exclusive negotiation for a backup goalie, the Kings now have more resources to improve their maligned attack.