Senators ship Ben Bishop to Lightning for Cory Conacher, pick

The Senators acquired rookie Cory Conacher from the Lightning. (CLAUS ANDERSEN/Getty Images/AFP)

The Senators acquired rookie Cory Conacher from the Lightning. (CLAUS ANDERSEN/Getty Images/AFP)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:30 PM ET

OTTAWA - The Senators lost almost a full foot, but gained a draft pick and a 'Little Train' in their crease-clearing deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning at Wednesday's trade deadline.

Gone is Ben Bishop, their 6-foot-7 goalie who, with the emergence of 21-year old Robin Lehner as a rising star, always figured to be the odd man out once NHL goalie stats leader Craig Anderson recovered from an ankle injury.

Incoming is 23-year-old winger Cory Conacher, a 5-foot-8, 179-pound sparkplug who is not only second in NHL rookie scoring this season, but with nine goals and 15 assists automatically takes over the Senators points lead.

Conacher is related to both legendary Toronto Maple Leaf Charlie Conacher -- whose banner hangs from the rafters at the Air Canada Centre -- and former NHL defenceman Lionel Conacher, who was known as "Big Train" both for his stature and style of play in the 1920s and '30s.


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