It was the height of irony, and we mean height.


Wednesday afternoon, former Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher spoke publicly for the first time since he was fired by Bolts GM Steve Yzerman. Oh, and about 15 minutes before that, the Lightning announced that they'd traded for … a goaltender.


It's Ben Bishop, who came from Ottawa just before the trade deadline, though at a hefty price: Lightning rookie playmaker Cory Conacher.


If you're Boucher, you had to be thinking, “Ah, now the goalies aren't good enough.”


I like the deal, but it had better work. The Lightning need the help if Anders Lindback's inconsistency is any indication, and it is.


Bishop kept the Senators winning even after No. 1 Craig Anderson, the best goalie in the NHL this season, at least statistically, went down with an injury. Bishop owns a 2.45 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage. That beats Lindback's 2.88 and .903, which helped seal Boucher's fate.


And there's the towering trivia of it all. The Lightning now have the highest goaltending tandem in NHL history as the 6-foot-7 Bishop (the tallest man ever to play goal in an NHL) joins the 6-6 Lindback, two tape-measure jobs. The Bolts now possess 13 feet, 1 inch of goalies. Right now this team would take a 4-foot guy hopping out of a circus car if he could play between the pipes.


The long and short of it is that Yzerman, who has made his mistakes, is basically admitting that the goalie he brought in hasn't been up to speed — enough to trade Conacher, the second-leading rookie scorer in the league when he wasn't falling down, though not enough to give Boucher a pass. The new coach, Jon Cooper, gets the help.