Sounding in great spirits, as one might be if they'd recently signed a multi-million dollar contract, Lightning goalie Ben Bishop joined WDAE Tuesday morning.
Bishop told Tom Jones and Rick Stroud on the Sports Page that there were basically no issues in finalizing the two-year deal worth $11.9 million deal over the weekend.
"Thanks to Steve Yzerman it was an process. We got it done fairly quick, few phone calls back and forth. It was a fair deal for both sides."
He also talked about his injury-ravaged latter portion of the season, and then showed his versatility by talking some baseball.
Bishop is a big Saint Louis Cardinals fan and was a guest of the Rays when the teams played at Tropicana Field. He expressed disappointment the Cardinals didn't add David Price, and said that losing a team leader in a trade -- like the Lightning did with Martin St. Louis -- can affect it.
"Absolutely, I think it affects you both ways," Bishop said. "A day or two, you might kinda be in shock. But then it might bring the team together. Everybody talks about how David Price, I mean he is one of the best pitchers, but now the team might come together and say hey we can do this without David Price."
Here is the full conversation from Tuesday: