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Senators net shuffles: Bishop up, Lehner down

Mar 5, 2012, 9:33 PM EDT

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When Craig Anderson sliced his finger preparing some food, he made a consistently fascinating Ottawa Senators season that much more interesting. After all, his status as the go-to goalie was arguably the only sure-thing for Ottawa entering this uncertain (and entertaining) season.

That injury prompted Senators GM Bryan Murray to cough up a second-rounder to get St. Louis Blues backup/third goalie Ben Bishop, but the big goalie hasn’t had a chance to shine because Robin Lehner seized his own opportunity.

(Bishop probably felt a familiar sensation as the Blues’ backup Brian Elliott managed an All-Star nod in front of him in St. Louis.)

It appears that big Bishop will get his shot this week, however, as the Senators called him up while demoting Lehner to the AHL.

Of course, there’s always the chance that Ottawa might claim Marty Turco to give the team a little added security, which would be fitting and frustrating for Bishop. (At least he got a contract extension through next season to give him a little comfort, though.)

  1. dolphincult - Mar 5, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    lets see the kid play. best goalie outside the nhl they say……….all 6’7 and 3/4″ of him. Im interested to see what he can do. Very suprised the maple muffins didnt make a move on this guy.

    • merchaholic - Mar 6, 2012 at 3:21 AM

      We’ll see how he does against Stamkos. Hope Stam doesn’t register a hat-trick and make his goal total an outstanding 50. Hopefully Bishop shines and tallys a shutout. I wanna see this giant play in person on Saturday when I’m right behind the net.

      • hawk1969 - Mar 6, 2012 at 10:12 AM

        Watched him play at UMaine. If he’s on, you will be duly impressed. If he is not, He will look like any other backup goalie.

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