First reported by TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Bishop was told he was traded to the Lightning, but full details have not been released yet. Bishop is 8-5-0 with a 2.45 goals-against average for the Senators. He has seen the majority of his playing time due to injury to Craig Anderson.
Ben Bishop has been told he's been traded from OTT to TB. #tradecentre— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) April 3, 2013
Reports are that Cory Conacher and a 4th round pick going to Ottawa for Bishop. Conacher is 2nd among rookies with 24 points.— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) April 3, 2013
The Lightning paid a steep price for Bishop, sending the team's fourth-highest scorer, rookie Cory Conacher (24 points) and a fourth-round draft pick to Ottawa. His 24 points are second most among rookies—behind Jonathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers (25).
Conacher is handling the situation like a seasoned professional despite being in his first NHL season.
"It's always a little shocking," says Conacher. "A new start in Ottawa. I'm excited to go to Ottawa."— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) April 3, 2013
"I'm going to go there and try to help the team win," says Conacher. "I'm excited." #Sens— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) April 3, 2013
That makes the Lightning’s goaltending situation interesting. Mathieu Garon is the No. 1 goaltender currently—due to injury to Anders Lindback—but Garon’s 5-8-1 record isn’t great. Lindback is 10-7-1 this season, but has a 2.88 GAA and has really struggled in his first season as a full-time goaltender.
If age is a factor, Tampa Bay didn't make things simpler. Lindback is 24 years old, while Garon is 35. Bishop is 26 years old. In the American Hockey League, the Lightning have Cedrick Desjardins, 27, and Riku Helenius, 25.
New head coach Jon Cooper is going to have an interesting decision ahead of him. Bishop deserves a shot at being a No. 1 goaltender. But, with less than a month of season left is this the time to throw him between the pipes?
The reaction around twitter has been polarizing:
I'm a but surprised at Conacher being moved, but young forward depth allowed this to happen;— Erik Erlendsson (@erlendssonTBO) April 3, 2013
Darren Pang on Bishop: Experience with Jon Cooper, Steve reluctant to trade for Bishop last year - was close to making it.— Bolt Prospects(@BoltProspects) April 3, 2013
I do NOT believe this is giving up on Lindback. I believe it's taking some of the eggs out of his basket so Steve could sleep at night.— Bolt Prospects(@BoltProspects) April 3, 2013