Senators acquire goaltender Bishop

The Ottawa Senators have acquired goaltender Ben Bishop from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a draft pick, according to various reports.

Senators acquire goaltender Bishop

The Ottawa Senators have acquired goaltender Ben Bishop from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a second round pick in the 2013 NHL entry draft.

It appears 25-year-old Bishop, who has put up impressive numbers for the AHL’s Peoria Rivermen this season (24-14, 2.26 GAA, .928 save percentage) — will be the Senators’ insurance policy while No. 1 goaltender Craig Anderson recovers from a hand injury.

Regular backup Alex Auld and the Senators’ anointed goalie of the future, Robin Lehner, are currently holding down the fort in Ottawa.

It’s unclear what role Bishop will play play with the team. There are conflicting reports on whether or not the Senators have agreed to a contract with Bishop, who is slated to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer. If he is signed to a one-way deal, which has been rumoured, it opens the door to Lehner spending yet another season in the AHL.

Bishop is a towering 6-foot-7, 215-pound Denver, Colorado native the Blues selected with the 85th overall pick in the 2005 entry draft.

He has only 13 games of NHL experience, but is considered the best goaltender in the AHL at the moment.

The Blues are comfortable making the move, given they are set at the goaltender position in the NHL. Jaroslav Halak and a rejuvenated Brian Elliott (who played for the Senators last season), have given them a solid one-two punch between the pipes, freeing them to ship Bishop out.

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