According to TSN, the St. Louis Blues have dealt their young gun goaltender Ben Bishop to the Ottawa Senators, in exchange for a second round pick in the 2013 NHL draft.
Bishop, who is currently playing for the Blues AHL affiliate Peoria Rivermen, has put up 24 wins in 38 games played, including 6 shutouts. He also was named the MVP of the AHL all star game this year.
Considered one of the best young goalies not playing in the NHL, Bishop was in a sticky situation in St. Louis. With the signing of both Halak and Elliot for two more years, Bishop needed to play in 17 games this year for the big club for at least 30 minutes, or else he would become an unrestricted free agent.
With that, Ben Bishop of the St. Louis Blues has been traded to the Ottawa Senators.
The Blues managed to get a draft pick for a goalie that has unfortunately been squeezed out and the Senators will have a goalie to play while Anderson is out with an injury, assuming they go that route and make him their starter. Either way, the Blues got something when nothing would have been received in the off season, and the Senators got a stud goalie prospect. Fair trade.
* Once the trade was completed, the Senators also signed Bishop to a one year, one way deal that will entireally take out the chance that he will become an UFA at seasons end. The deal locks him up as a Senator through the 2012-13 season.