Senators Acquire Cory Conacher for Ben Bishop

The Ottawa Senators acquired Cory Conacher and a 4th round draft pick from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for goaltender Ben Bishop Wednesday afternoon.

Conacher registered 9 goals and 15 assists in 35 games with the Lightning this season.  His 24 points rank him second amongst all NHL rookies in points and his 9 goals place him third.  The 23 year old was also named the AHL MVP last year and was a member of the 2011-12 Calder Cup champion Norfolk Admirals.

Meanwhile, Ben Bishop posted an 8-5-0 record, 2.45 GAA & .922 save percentage with the Senators this season.  Bishop was originally acquired by Ottawa for a 2nd round pick from the St. Louis Blues.  His departure allows Robin Lehner to stay on the Senators roster when Craig Anderson comes off the injured reserve.

My take: I’m still on the fence about the return.  I know Bishop had to go.  Robin Lehner is the goaltender of the future for this franchise.  But with Bishop playing so well AND being in such high demand, I thought the Senators might be able to get a bit more.  Having said that, I agree with Bryan Murray that it would have been unfair to send Lehner to the AHL after how well he’s played.  So if this is the best deal they could get right now, so be it.

Now, Cory Conacher brings speed and skill that this Ottawa team desperately needs.  But why is Jon Cooper & the Tampa Bay Lightning allowing him to be traded in the first place?  Conacher played under Cooper during their Calder Cup run last season and you would think he would want to keep as many of the same kids as possible.  I just find it curious that a team looking to rebuild with younger players, they chose Conacher as the one to go.  Is it a case of trading talent to get talent?  Or is there something more to this? I guess only time will tell.

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