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Report: Senators might trade Ben Bishop

Jan 19, 2013, 7:11 PM EDT

OTTAWA, CANADA - MARCH 20: Ben Bishop #30 of the Ottawa Senators walks out for warmup prior to a game against the New Jersey Devils at Scotiabank Place on March 20, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

Craig Anderson saved 27 shots to lead Ottawa to a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets to kickoff the Senators’ season. He’s the clear starter for the team, but remains to be seen who his understudy will be.

The Ottawa Senators entered the season with young netminders Ben Bishop and Robin Lehner in addition to Anderson.

Lehner in particular has plenty of promise and was superb in the AHL during the lockout. However, Lehner is on a two-way contract while Ben Bishop is not.

At this point it looks like the Senators will either trade Bishop or return Lehner to the minors, according to the Ottawa Sun. The Edmonton Oilers might be a potential training partner, especially with Nikolai Khabibulin on the injured reserve list.

“I’ve had calls. Oh yeah, I’m talking,” Senators GM Bryan Murray said. “I don’t know what we’re doing at this point. I just want to see what the interest level is, but yeah we have to be open-minded.”

It is believed that the Senators are hoping to get a top-four defenseman in return.

  1. esracerx46 - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    A top 4 defenseman for a 26 year old unproven goaltender. I say good luck to you Mr. Murray.

    • jtrain1966 - Jan 20, 2013 at 8:53 AM

      I agree ! I’m a Blues fan & got to see him quite a bit . As for the top 4 D-MAN, yeah you can get a top 4 D-MAN with him, as long as you send a 2nd round pick, or higher with him to the team you’re trading with ! He’s a pretty decent goalie but, he himself isn’t worth a top 4 D-MAN !

  2. nygdriveforfive - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Top four D man might be a bit much. Goaltending is always at a premium so if some team gets desperate you never know. Sens looked real good tonight. I’m expecting a top 5 playoff position this year.

  3. pensfan603 - Jan 20, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Send him to New Jersey

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