February 26, 2012
Sens get Blues goalie
By Bruce Garrioch, Ottawa Sun
The Senators nabbed St. Louis Blues goalie Ben Bishop Sunday in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2013.
Bishop, 25, has spent the entire season with the Peoira Rivermen, the Blues’ American Hockey League affiliate. Bishop has a record of 24-14-0 in 38 games with the Rivermen, posting a league-leading six shutouts, a 2.26 goals-against-average and .928 save percentage. Bishop’s 24 wins are also tied for the AHL lead.
Bishop was thrilled to learn he’s been dealt to Ottawa.
“I’m very excited. I couldn’t be more happy, especially to a team like Ottawa, with a great history and the fan support they have there,” Bishop told the Sun from Peoria.
“I’m looking forward to getting up there and start working. There’s been talks for the last couple of days. I knew this was possibility. I’m excited that this is overwith and I can get back to worrying about playing goalie. This is going to be a really good opportunity for me.”
Bishop said he worked for three years with Senators goalie coach Rick Wamsley in the Blues organization.
Bishop is 6 feet, 7 inches, 215-pounds and a native of Denver, says a release from the Senators.
He’s appeared in 13 NHL career games, all with St. Louis, posting a 4-5-1 record with one shutout and a 2.83 goals against average.
Bishop has been displaced by Brian Elliott, who won the backup job in training camp.
“He’s a really good prospect,” said a league source.
“He had a great camp. It was close between him and Brian Elliott. Bishop is a strong prospect.”
Bishop will be insurance for an injured Craig Anderson.
More to come.
— Bruce Garrioch