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Senators acquire G Ben Bishop from Blues

Posted on: February 26, 2012 11:46 am
Edited on: February 26, 2012 1:44 pm
 
Bishop has a .928 save percentage, 2.26 GAA this year for Peoria. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

Days after it was announced Craig Anderson was going to be out an undetermined amount of time after slicing his finger while cooking, the Ottawa Senators went out and acquired goaltender Ben Bishop from the St. Louis Blues. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun was the first to report the trade.

The pick heading to St. Louis for Bishop is Ottawa's second-rounder in the 2013 draft.

Bob McKenzie of TSN added that just after the deal was completed, Bishop signed a one-year contract extension with the Sens. He was scheduled to become a free agent after this season so this ensures the Senators will have him through next season at the least.

“I’m very excited," Bishop told the Sun. "I couldn’t be more happy, especially to a team lwith a great history and the fan support they have.”

Bishop, a highly regarded goaltending prospect, has been stuck in the AHL for the Blues this season with the play of Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak. He was an All-Star in his own right, representing the Peoria Rivermen in the AHL's extravaganza.

He had hoped before the season to win the backup job in St. Louis but it went to Elliott who has run with it. It led to Elliott receiving a contract extension earlier this season, leaving Bishop's future with the team as one of being in the AHL for some time.

He's the biggest goalie of today's big goalie trend in the NHL. The University of Maine product stands 6 feet 7 has been viewed as one of the better goaltending prospects in the game, he was just blocked in St. Louis.

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There figured to be a lot of teams interested in Bishop, most notably the Tampa Bay Lightning and possibly the Maple Leafs with their goaltending issues. Instead it's Ottawa that gets him and if nothing else, he will give the Sens a chance to rest Anderson a little more when they're both healthy.

I like the deal from both sides. The Blues were likely going to lose Bishop any way after this season, he was going to become an unrestricted free agent despite his age because of the lack of playing time. He was not likely to re-sign with the team if it meant staying in the AHL. So in that regard the Blues got something in return. Maybe they could have gotten a little more for Bishop, but all in all not bad.

For the Sens it means they didn't give up a whole lot to get a goalie they are probably hoping can carry them down the stretch this season. Potentially a lot more.

Where it leaves Robin Lehner, the Sens' top goalie prospect, is another matter. It was expected that next season is when Lehner was going to make the move to the NHL full time and take over Alex Auld's spot as the second goalie in Ottawa. But it's tough to argue that Bishop isn't a better prospect at the position. Lehner is now left in the same spot that Bishop was in in St. Louis, the third goalie blocked by others. A one-way deal for Bishop means that he isn't going to be in the AHL next season.

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Comments

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 4:08 pm
 

Senators acquire G Ben Bishop from Blues

"Senators 85years and counting!"

That's the best you can do? Wikipedia doesn't associate the old Sens with the new ones, but if you choose to do so it would be more accurate to say that the Stanley Cup hasn't been won by Ottawa for 85 years. They weren't in the NHL for most of those years and it's only 27 years of futility and counting for them. Aside from being behind Toronto on the list, they are also behind Los Angeles, St. Louis, Buffalo, Washington, Philadelphia, Phoenix and the Islanders. All of those teams have had a taste, by making it to the finals, except for Phoenix. Check it out at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o

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Since: Feb 26, 2012
Posted on: February 26, 2012 8:35 pm
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Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 8:09 pm
 

Senators acquire G Ben Bishop from Blues



Look it up.




Since: Feb 26, 2012
Posted on: February 26, 2012 7:49 pm
 

Senators acquire G Ben Bishop from Blues

irregardless  is not an English word



Since: Sep 18, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 7:43 pm
 

Senators acquire G Ben Bishop from Blues

Hey Rookie,

Fruit eh!  How do you like them apples!

In the playoffs:

7.  - one year into rebuild
8. 
Out of the playoffs:

9. 
10.  - 42ish years into rebuild





Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 6:45 pm
 

Senators acquire G Ben Bishop from Blues

Sorry, that didn't paste well - but you can check it out for yourself @ dictionary.com
 



Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 6:44 pm
 

Senators acquire G Ben Bishop from Blues

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Hope that helps clear things up tobybo (and others). A nonstandard word that is considered acceptable by most native speakers. 



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2012 5:18 pm
 

Senators acquire G Ben Bishop from Blues

..no kidding!! A post with the word "Irregardless" gets an 81 score????!!!!  Come on CBS..WAKE UP..who's grading these things????



Since: Feb 26, 2012
Posted on: February 26, 2012 5:08 pm
 

Senators acquire G Ben Bishop from Blues

blotto, there is no such word as IRREGARDLESS


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Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 3:00 pm
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