Report: Flames have permission to talk to Bishop, also pursuing Elliott
The Calgary Flames appear to be making progress in their search for a new goaltender.
Bishop carries a cap hit of $5.95 million next season before potentially becoming an unrestricted free agent.
Elliott is on the books for a much more affordable $2.5 million in 2016-17, and he too is a pending UFA after next season.
The Flames are also looking at a certain Detroit Red Wings netminder.
Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reported Thursday night that teams hadn't yet received permission to talk to Bishop about signing a contract extension - which would presumably be a prerequisite to a trade - but the Flames appear to be the first team granted the opportunity.
Bishop was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy this season. He went 35-21-4 with a 2.06 GAA and .926 save percentage in 61 games.
Elliott split time with Jake Allen and went 23-8-6 with a 2.07 GAA and .930 save percentage in 42 regular-season contests for the Blues in 2015-16.
Howard, who lost his starting job to Petr Mrazek this season, is under contract for three more years at a cap hit of $5.29 million.