Ben Bishop to have wrist surgery

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop will have surgery next week to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist.

Bishop has played through the pain since January. The total rehab time is three to four months.

"It was a pain ... all year," Bishop said Thursday, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

He wore a cast while playing after initially being hurt in early January and aggravating the wrist in February.

"Marty [St. Louis] used to give me a lot of [grief] because I probably led the league in dropped sticks," Bishop said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. "I couldn't hold my stick. If anyone touched it, I had to drop it."

Bishop had a 2.23 goals-against average and .924 save percentage this season. He didn't play in the playoffs due to an elbow dislocation, according to the paper. The Lightning were swept by the Canadiens in the first round.

"It's pretty remarkable," coach Jon Cooper told the Times. "He had so many things break down, it was tough. He gamed it out. We can gripe about getting swept in the first round, but without [Bishop], we probably would not have been in the first round."