Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop made a statement Thursday that he will be ready to play by training camp in the fall after sustaining injury to his elbow and wrist.
“Absolutely,” Bishop told the Tampa Bay Times. “We’ll be ready to go.”
Bishop was injured just prior the start of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs after dislocating his left elbow. Bishop also stated that he feels his elbow is around 90% now and will definitely be 100% in a few months. Also, he plans to skate again in August.
In addition to the elbow injury, Bishop had surgery at the end of April to repair a torn ligament in his wrist. When asked about his wrist, Bishop stated that “It’s going well. Slowly but surely, we’re getting movement back in it. It’s getting stronger each day.” A slow rehab process is expected while suffering from both of these types of injuries. Luckily Bishop will have the entire summer to recover prior to getting ready for the 2014-15 season.
Despite feeling like there was something missing not being able to finish out the season, Bishop has a lot to look forward to during the off-season as well.
Bishop is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy. He went 37-14-7 with a 2.23 goals against average and .924 save percentage, a career high throughout 63 games played last season.
Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins and Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche are the other finalists for the Vezina, which will be presented at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas on June 24.