The Ottawa Senators find themselves in a rather pleasant position to be in thanks to their trio of talented goalies. Craig Anderson appears to be the legitimate number one for the Sens at the moment with Ben Bishop serving as the backup. Robin Lehner is currently in the minors but it’s no secret that he’s ready for the big leagues, the Sens just have to find a spot for him.
Which is why the trade rumors have picked up on Bishop. The Senators future is with Lehner, a 21-year old who has appeared in 13 games over two seasons since getting drafted in the second round by the Sens in 2009.
We know there are teams in the hunt for a goalie upgrade and Bishop would provide just that. The Toronto Maple Leafs could be the front runner in the Roberto Luongo sweepstakes and the pressure could be mounting after Thursday’s embarrassing 7-4 loss to the New York Islanders where Ben Scrivens was pulled.
Bishop could be a fit in Toronto, although they seem to have their sights set on Luongo first.
The Edmonton Oilers are also a team that have many wondering about their goaltending situation. Devan Dubnyk has been declared the number one guy and had a terrific game Thursday against the LA Kings. Two nights earlier he was lit up for six goals in the first period against the Sharks, leading to discussion on whether or not he’s the long-term answer. Enter Bishop?
Their Alberta rivals, the Calgary Flames could also be a potential trade partner for the Senators and Bishop after they traded backup Henrik Karlsson to the Chicago Blackhawks last week and don’t have much depth in the minors between the pipes.
Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun believes that the Flames could be in the market for a netminder and wonders if Bishop could be a fit.
This morning we learnt that the Senators are in no rush to move Bishop and prefer to wait until teams are in a more desparate state, according to Andy Strickland via Twitter. That only makes sense with the Luongo buzz taking much of the attention. After the Canucks finally move Luongo, more time will have passed and potentially additional teams could suddenly need the services of Bishop. Then the Senators will likely get the asking price that is said to be quite steep.
So while teams continue to watch their 48-game schedule slowly deteriorate, the Senators appear to be in the driver’s seat with Ben Bishop and the teams that would like to trade for him.