23 Intently Staring Goalies
by lsefton on 02/26/12 at 05:21 PM ET
Ben Bishop went to the Ottawa Senators, who signed him to a one year, on-way contract, ending any speculation that Bishop would become a Group VI UFA on July 1 this year. The 6ft 7 Bishop spent most of the season with the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL, after losing out a starting role with the St Louis Blues.
This settles the Blues immediate goaltending future, and give Ottawa a younger goaltender to build on.
If there’s any momentum in the goalie trading market, this should shake things loose. The “big prize” has been taken, and unless Dean Lombardi gets a really juicy offer for Bernier, what we should see are backups and “need a backup for this season” goalies on the market.
Here’s what TSN has to say about the Bishop trade:
The St. Louis Blues have dealt goaltender Ben Bishop to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a second-round selection in the 2013 entry draft.
Bishop was due to become a free agent this summer but agreed to a one-year, one-way contract worth $650,000 as part of Sunday’s trade.
The deal won’t be signed until Monday.
Originally, the plan was for Bishop to sign with the Blues and then be traded to the Senators, but the plan was altered at the last second. The new plan is for Bishop to negotiate directly with the Senators, which he is currently doing. The general framework of the deal is done, and the final details and signing are expected later this afternoon.
"I would like to thank Ben for his time in our organization," Blues executive vice president and general manager Doug Armstrong. "He was a professional on and off the ice for us and we wish him nothing but the best in Ottawa."
The 25-year-old netminder has put up exceptional numbers with the American Hockey League’s Peoria Rivermen this season, registering a 24-14-0 record with a 2.26 goals-against average and 0.928 save percentage through 38 games. He’s also posted a league-leading six shutouts this season.
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About 23 Intently Staring Goalies
23 Intently Staring Goalies comes from the 23 close-up photos of goalies that used to line the walls of my office.
On the good side, it kept down interruptions, but it also made sure I had to leave my trash outside my door if I wanted it picked up.
I've been watching and analyzing goaltenders for going on 40 years. Some of that was spent drawing goalies on my grade 8 math homework. Then it was taking my card decks and printouts to Indianapolis Racer games. Luckily, the Internet took off, and by 1991 I was half of the duo that would ultimately become the Plaidworks hockey mailing lists. I wrote "Handicapping the Goalies' for the San Jose Sharks mailing list, and took a lot of photos of goalies in action. I have around 5000 slides of mostly goaltenders in action from 1989 through 2001 from the WHL, IHL and NHL. Since I've gone digital, I've added about 10,000 more images to the library. During summers and when the league went dark, I was reading through multiple SF By area news papers, tracking ice hockey from the 1917 recreational leagues up through the California Seals.
We'll be talking about goalies and goaltending. We'll talk about whats going on now, who's in the system, and when the doldrums hit, I'll haul something out of the big bag of history, or something from the photo archives. We'll talk about who's hot and why, and who's not and what they can do to get back on track. We'll take a look at the trends in scouting goalies, and why a style may work for one team but not another. I'll battle with my dictation software to get it to understand Bryzgalov and Bobrovsky.
It should be interesting--hope you want to come along for the ride!