TAMPA, Fla. Ben Bishop wanted this night to be as normal as possible. The intrigue was obvious the Tampa Bay Lightnings new goalie faces his former team six days after a trade but he wanted little part of that story line. The predictable was too dull, too mundane, too unlike him.
So Bishop simplified things, and observing the 6-foot-7 netminder, its easy to see why.
He spent the better part of a four-minute give-and-take with local and Canadian media Tuesday morning offering a glimpse at a more complete profile of him, one free of exaggeration and sugarcoated compliments.
He said there would be some feeling of nostalgia playing the Ottawa Senators, the team he spent parts of the past two seasons with, but he would consider them just another opponent once the puck dropped and his adrenaline peaked.
He said he would consider Kyle Turris, Sergei Gonchar, Daniel Alfredsson and other former teammates-turned-foes to be the enemy out there once pregame goodwill became in-the-moment...