Report: Blues ship Bishop to Ottawa for pick
Sunday, 02.26.2012 / 11:47 AM / News
With Craig Anderson sidelined due to a fluke hand injury, the Ottawa Senators have made a trade with the St. Louis Blues to acquire goalie Ben Bishop for a second-round draft pick in 2013, according to the Ottawa Sun and TSN.
TSN and NHL Network Insider Bob McKenzie tweeted that the Senators are working on signing Bishop to a one-year, one-way contract extension. It is supposed to be done at some point on Sunday. Bishop would have needed to play 30 minutes or more in 17 games over the course of the rest of this season or he would have been an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Bishop, a third-round pick in 2005, has played in only 13 NHL games in his career. He has spent the entire season with the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League after Brian Elliott beat him out in training camp to be Jaroslav Halak's backup.
Bishop hasn't had any opportunity to get back into the NHL because Elliott has been dynamite all season. However, Bishop posted a 24-14-4 record with a 2.26 goals-against average and .928 save percentage in 38 appearances.
Anderson is out indefinitely after suffering a right hand injury. Alex Auld stopped 33 of 37 shots in a 5-3 loss to Boston on Saturday, the Senators first game since Anderson's injury. Robin Lehner was recalled from Binghamton of the American Hockey League to serve as Auld's backup while the Senators search for help in net.