The biggest deal of the season for the Tampa Bay Lightning was sending rookie-of-the-year candidate Cory Conacher to Ottawa for goaltender Ben Bishop. If—more when—Bishop makes a start for the Lightning, he will be the fourth goaltender to start this season. Given the goaltending situation, it is easy to question if this was the right move.
The full terms of the deal were Bishop for Conacher and the Lightning’s fourth-round draft pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Tampa Bay has struggled in goal since the 2011 season, where Dwayne Roloson brought the team to within one game of the Stanley Cup Finals. Conacher was one of the brightest stars for the Lightning this season. While the trade is being dubbed a strength-for-strength transaction, was it the right move for the Lightning?
Here is why it was—or was not—smart to bring Bishop to the Sunshine State.