Now that the Tampa Bay Lightning’s post season run has come to an early end, the off-season healing can finally begin. Unfortunately, this time is all too needed for a player who was at the center of the Lightning’s regular season success story. Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop is expected to miss approximately 3-4 months due to a rather serious upper body injury.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but for the back half of the season, I had a sneaking suspicion that there was something that fans were not being told about Bishop’s condition.
He always seemed to struggle on his stick side when he made a rather difficult save.
According to Lightning Beat Reporter Missy Zielinski, he has actually been nursing an injury since before the Olympic Break in February.
“I tore a ligament right before the Olympic break,” Bishop told the Lightning Beat Reporter. “I think I’m going to have surgery next week.”
This certainly explains the suspicions I had been having. Unfortunately, this is one of those times when I sincerely wish I was just imagining things.
Now, according to the report, Bishop did not know the exact time he would need to properly recover from the surgery to repair the torn ligament in his wrist; however, the average recovery time for a surgically repaired wrist is 3-4 months. Bishop expects to be ready to go when the Bolts hit the ice for training camp in September.
If there is any sort of a bright side to this, I want you to consider this for a moment. As injured as he was, Bishop went 9-6-3 in the second half of the season. If he can hold strong like that with the beginnings of a pretty serious injury, imagine what he will be able to do next season when his injury is completely healed.
What did you think of Bishop’s performance in the regular season this year? Do you think the Lightning netminder will be able to elevate his game to the next level next season after his injury is completely healed? Let us know what you think in the comments below.