Senators trade Ben Bishop to Lightning

The Ottawa Senators have traded goaltender Ben Bishop to Tampa Bay Lightning.

Senators trade Ben Bishop to Lightning
Ben Bishop #30 of the Ottawa Senators makes a blocker save against the Toronto Maple Leafs, during an NHL game at Scotiabank Place, on March 30, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

The Ottawa Senators have traded goaltender Ben Bishop to Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for winger Cory Conacher and a fourth-round draft pick.

Conacher, 23, has nine goals and 15 assists in 35 games with the Lightning this season, which instantly makes him the Senators’ leading scorer. He finished second in American Hockey League scoring last season, becoming just the fourth rookie to be named that league’s MVP since the award was established in 1948.

The 5-foot-8, 175-pound Burlington, Ont., native is currently second in NHL rookie scoring.

Bishop, meanwhile, was 8-5-0 with a 2.45 goals-against average and .922 save percentage and had been getting the bulk of the work in the Senators’ net after No. 1 netminder Craig Anderson went down with a severe ankle sprain.

With Bishop gone, Robin Lehner will take over until Anderson is ready to return (likely in the next week or so).

The trade clears up a logjam in the Ottawa crease, clearing the way for Lehner to finally ascend to the NHL level permanently. He’s been ready for the big show for some time, but was the odd man out when Anderson was healthy because of his two-way contract.

The Senators have traded Ben Bishop to Tampa for Cory Conacher and a fourth-round pick. Do you like the deal?

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