The Ottawa Senators have traded Ben Bishop to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Cory Conacher and a 4th round 2013 draft pick. There were said to be 6 teams in the running for Bishop one of them was the Philadelphia Flyers. According to Pierre LeBrun the Flyers found the price for Bishop too high.
Bruce Garrioch obtained a quote from Conancher:
“It’s always a little shocking,” says Conacher. “A new start in Ottawa. I’m excited to go to Ottawa.”
— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) April 3, 2013
This move is a little confusing on the side of the Ottawa Senators. They are definitely not in short supply of young offensively gifted players. The Lightning however were in need of a goaltending upgrade and with Bishop being so young and improving more and more every game this seems like a good fit. I think both teams benefited from this trade but the real repercussions will come on Tuesday when the two teams play each other.
With this being the biggest trade to happen today a lot of little interesting facts have surfaced. This one from Ian Mendes is by far my favourite so far:
As I said on TV, Conacher for Bishop is biggest size discrepancy in a trade in NHL history…(barring a Chara-for-St.Louis swap today)
— Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) April 3, 2013