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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.

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