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Blues Send Goalie Ben Bishop To Ottawa

via John Shannon tweet,

As per @SunGarrioch, the Blues have indeed traded Ben Bishop to Ottawa

note:  I would have pointed to Garrioch, but for some reason he has blocked me.

added 11:33am, via Elliotte Friedman tweet,

Bishop must play at least 30 minutes in 17 games, or he will be unrestricted. Even if he doesn’t re-sign, worthy move for Bryan Murray.

added 11:36am, via Jeremy Rutherford tweet,

The compensation for Bishop will be a draft pick, as high as a second-round pick.

added 11:40am, via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Before trading G Ben Bishop to OTT for a 2013 2nd rd pick, STL signed him to a one-year, one-way contract.

That means the 30 minutes in 17 games is tossed out the door.

added 12:02pm, via McKenzie tweet,

Correction: Bishop’s new one-year, one-way deal done with OTT, not St. Louis.

added 1:07pm
, Blues release on the trade can be read below…

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has acquired a second round draft choice in 2013 from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for goaltender Ben Bishop.

“I would like to thank Ben for his time in our organization,” said Armstrong.  “He was a professional on and off the ice for us and we wish him nothing but the best in Ottawa.”

Bishop, 25, has appeared in 38 games with the Peoria Rivermen (American Hockey League) this season and has posted a .928 save percentage, a 2.26 goals against average and six shutouts along with a 24-14-0 record.  The 6’7, 215-pound goaltender was recently named MVP of the 2012 AHL All-Star Game.

A native of St. Louis, Bishop was originally drafted by the Blues in the third round, 85th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.  He has played in 13 NHL games, registering a 4-5-1 record, one shutout, a .896 save percentage and a 2.83 goals against average.

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I wonder if this means they are giving up on Robin Lehner as the Goalie Of The Future.

Posted by Nick from NYC on 02/26/12 at 02:34 PM ET

Da lil Guy's avatar

I doubt it means they’re giving up on Lehner as much as they’d like it to be competitive.

Mike McKenna in Binghamton is a UFA at seasons end. Senators back up Alex Auld as well. There’s room for two young goalies in the system to fight it out for the job with the big club.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 02/26/12 at 02:40 PM ET

tgummerer's avatar

Giving up on a 20 year old goalie, by trading for a 25 year old?

Really don’t think so, I think they would just like to give him some more time to develop in the AHL.

Posted by tgummerer on 02/26/12 at 02:41 PM ET

Da lil Guy's avatar

Don’t know how the Sens could trade their second rounder, since they already traded it to Phoenix, who then sent it Columbus.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 02/26/12 at 02:41 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Darren Pang thinks the 2nd round pick is for 2013.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/26/12 at 02:43 PM ET

Da lil Guy's avatar

2013 pick. That explains it.

Signed to a one way extension - makes it an uphill climb out of the AHL for Lehner.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 02/26/12 at 02:43 PM ET

Da lil Guy's avatar

So - he was eligible to be a group 6 UFA, hence the need to re-sign him. Probably wasn’t willing to sign an extension unless it was a 1 way deal (fair enough, since as a UFA he could have shopped himself and had some choice on where he ended up, even if he ultimately ended up on a 2 way).

For the Sens, if Robin Lehner were to win the starter’s job out of camp next year, there would be worse things than sending Bishop to the AHL on a one way deal. He’d be subject to waivers even on a two way, so there’s no added danger for the club there. Just a slightly higher price tag for time spent in Binghamton.

Creates healthy competition for the Ottawa backup job next year between two promising prospects and fills the current gap left by starter Craig Anderson’s unfortunate filleting of himself.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 02/26/12 at 03:02 PM ET


I think this is good for Lehner.  It takes any pressure off of him and allows him to keep developing at a natural pace.  Also, it looks like, with Bishop being on a one-way, they want Lehner to be in the AHL next year being the #1 goalie in Binghamton rather than being the #2 in Ottawa, sitting on the bench for five out of every six games or so.

Posted by Garth on 02/26/12 at 03:45 PM ET

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