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Ben Bishop said the 2013-14 season "almost feels like it was incomplete" after he was forced to sit out the end of the year with a wrist injury and a dislocated elbow.

He missed the last three games of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs. Bishop had surgery on his wrist in April to repair a torn ligament and his elbow is close to 100 percent. He expects to be ready for training camp and is projected to start skating in August. The Lightning will probably have to claim a playoff spot in 2014-15 for Bishop to fulfill his unfinished business, but it could serve as motivation during the regular season.

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Ben Bishop has been busy rehabbing his surgically-repaired wrist.

"It's going well," he said. "Slowly but surely, we're getting movement back in it. It's getting stronger each day." He's been working on getting his range of motion back, with resistance training and stretching, two weeks after being in a cast. His left dislocation elbow, which was hurt in early April is about "90 percent" ready. Bishop plans to start skating in August and to be ready for training camp.

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Ben Bishop had successful wrist surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn ligament.

He will need 3-4 months of rehabilitation to recover, but he's expected to be ready for training camp. Bishop initially suffered the injury during warmups on Jan. 5 in Edmonton. The dislocated elbow, which kept him on the shelf for the final three games of the regular season and the playoffs was a separate issue.

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Ben Bishop will have surgery on his wrist Tuesday.

A definitive rehab time will be set after the procedure. Bishop could have a shorter rehab time than the initial three-to-four months that was expected if he undergoes a lesser surgery.

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Ben Bishop may be a candidate for a less involved surgery on his right wrist which would cut down his rehabilitation time.

Originally it was thought that Bishop would need 3-4 months to recover from ligament surgery but there is a chance he could have a different type of procedure performed that would cut down his rehab time considerably. Bishop is scheduled to be eveluated on Monday. We will certainly have more news then.

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Ben Bishop has been nominated for the Vezina Trophy.

Bishop finished seventh among eligible goalies with a 2.23 GAA and .924 save percentage. He also was fourth in the NHL with 37 wins in 63 starts. Bishop probably won't win the Vezina Trophy, but he deserves plenty of credit for leading the Lightning to the playoffs this season.

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Ben Bishop will spend his off-season recovering from ligament surgery on his right wrist.

It was reported that he didn't play in the playoffs because of a dislocated elbow, but apparently his wrist was an issue as well. Bishop said he will wear a cast for six weeks after the procedure and his total rehab time is set for three-to-four months. He believes he'll be 100 percent when training camp begins in the fall.

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The injury that kept Ben Bishop out of the playoffs was a dislocated elbow.

Bishop helped Tampa Bay get to the postseason by recording a 2.23 GAA and .924 save percentage in 63 contests. With Bishop sidelined, the Lightning were swept by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round.

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Ben Bishop won't get a chance to play in the postseason now that the Tampa Bay Lightning have been eliminated.

"Extremely frustrating, you can't really put it into words," Bishop said of missing the playoffs. "It's been real tough to have to watch." The Montreal Canadiens completed a four-game sweep of the Bolts on Tuesday night. Bishop missed the entire series because of an arm injury, which was reported as his elbow. He was excellent during the regular season and Tampa sorely missed his presence in the playoffs. Bishop posted a 37-14-7 record with a .924 save percentage and a 2.23 goals-against average.

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Ben Bishop (elbow) was on the ice for about 15 minutes on Tuesday.

Bishop won't be available for Game 4 though as the Lightning try to avoid elimination. Ultimately, Tampa Bay's problems in this series go beyond its goaltending, but Bishop was a big part of this team's regular season success and losing him for the postseason hurt.