November 22, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) defends the goal against the Anaheim Ducks during the second period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning's Ben Bishop being considered for U.S. Olympic team

According to the New York Times, U.S. Olympic hockey team GM David Poile is still in the hunt for goaltenders.  And as it turns out, Tampa Bay’s own Ben Bishop is being considered for such an honor.

The five other goalies in contention for a Sochi 2014 Olympic spot are Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres, Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings, Cory Schneider of the New Jersey Devils, Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings, and Tim Thomas of the Florida Panthers.

Poile had this to say:

We watch games every night. We do our ratings all the time. Are we working toward our top three? Absolutely. But we certainly don’t want to make a decision or close the doors on anybody. Someone could play well in December, or injuries could come up.  Do we look at stats?  Definitely — from save percentage to goals against, wins and losses.  But it’s the whole body of work over the years, and how they’re playing right now. When you look at all those things, it’s who you like the best.  It’s an ongoing situation. There’s no way we’re going to make the decision until Christmastime, and we’ve got a week after that.

Quick was the easy front-runner at the beginning of the 2013-14 season, but after poor performances through the first month of the season, and now a groin injury that will keep him sidelined till possibly Christmas, it’s not looking too good for him.

Bishop is ranked 15th in the league in save percentage (.921), 12th in GAA (2.20), and fourth in wins (13) for the Lightning.

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