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We have a trade to announce: Ottawa acquires Ben Bishop from St. Louis

Feb 26, 2012, 11:54 AM EDT

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The Senators appeared to have an uncertain future in goal with Craig Anderson out of action thanks to cutting his hand making dinner. Senators GM Bryan Murray couldn’t stand pat and let an uneasy tandem of Alex Auld and Robin Lehner lead the way and has instead found another solution.

According to the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch, the Senators have acquired Ben Bishop from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a 2013 second-round draft pick. TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that the Senators signed Bishop to a one-year, one-way contract after the deal was done otherwise Bishop ran the risk of becoming an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

Bishop was stuck in the AHL for the Blues thanks to the stellar play of both Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott in goal and was one of the best in the AHL. Now he’ll get a shot to jump into the fire of a playoff race in Ottawa and show that he can get it done full time on the NHL stage.

Standing at 6’7″ tall, the former University of Maine product makes for an imposing figure in goal and one the Senators hope can lead them into the postseason, especially with Anderson’s return date being indefinite.

  1. drew1969 - Feb 26, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Being from stl and bishop himself being a stl native,I wish him all the best with the sens!Great pickup.

  2. icelovinbrotha215 - Feb 26, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    I am very interested on seeing how BB will impact the Sens’ in the short term. I was hoping the Flyers would be able to pick him up. 2nd round draft doesn’t seem like too high of price to pay. Well, thank God for NHL Center Ice.

    • elvispocomo - Feb 26, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      While he’s not proven in the NHL as yet, I think he will become a solid goalie at this level. Some teams wouldn’t want to move a 2nd (especially what could be at least a mid-round pick or better) for an unknown. With Ottawa’s position having Auld as a stopgap, Lerner as the up and comer, and Anderson as the starter, they have some leeway for a player to not have to come in at a high level.

      • tcclark - Feb 26, 2012 at 4:30 PM

        he’s more of a known than anyone you’re going to pick up in the second round…

  3. elguapo12 - Feb 26, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    6’7”! Holy hell. That’s sort of the equivalent of putting a really fat guy in net. Looking forward to seeing him play.

  4. neelyisgod - Feb 26, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Put him right in the fire against the Champs on Tuesday. After the Sens ran the B’s D with high hits& elbows I’m sure they would love to return the favor on the Sens new acquisition.

    • wryder2k12 - Feb 26, 2012 at 6:58 PM

      Yes, a bruins fan talking about dirty hits with lucic and nose face running wild on your side. Give me a break!

  5. crazemastercraze - Feb 26, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    relatively low price for him, lots of other teams missed out and will have to pay more for harding, schnider, etc. good job sens

  6. bethgoesglobal - Feb 26, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    What a bargain! Congrats to B.Murray for a job very well done. I hope Bishop works out well for them in Anderson’s absence. Now I just hope the Caps can pull out a similarly large rabbit out of the hat.

  7. taytay099 - Feb 26, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Very good trade for Ottawa.

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