Lightning acquires G Ben Bishop from Senators for Cory Conacher, draft pick
The Lightning pulled off a bold move an hour before Wednesday's trade deadline by acquiring goaltender Ben Bishop from the Senators for rookie left wing Cory Conacher and a fourth-round draft pick.
The move to get Bishop was not a complete surprise as Tampa Bay has been struggling with goaltending all season and having Bishop to take some of the pressure off Anders Lindback is probably smart. The surprise was letting go Conacher, who was at practice and worked out on Wednesday.
Bishop, 26, a 2005 third-round draft choice by the Blues, is 8-5-0 this season 2.45 goals against average and .922 save percentage. Interestingly, it was believed the Lightning passed on Bishop last season because it believed the price was too high.
But the Lightning has so improved its depth at forward through the draft and player development that it was able to deal from strength.
Still, Conacher, 23, had a huge impact on the Lightning this season. Is 24 points are second in the league among rookies and his 15 assists are tops. He also was tied for the team lead with two game-winning goals.