Ottawa Senators goalie Ben Bishop returns to his backup role

Before sending Lehner back to Bingo, GM Bryan Murray studied the NHL’s trade market to see what other teams might be willing to offer up if he indeed decided he’d trade one of his goalies to start this shortened season.

Murray decided it’s best to sit, wait and see what transpires.

League sources say until Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis clarifies the Roberto Luongo situation — by either dealing him or taking him off the market for the year — it could be tough for those teams with depth in goal to move a netminder.

Several teams — including the Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks and Panthers — could go looking for help depending on their fortunes, which means they’re eying the Luongo situation.

Once Luongo either wins back his starting job from Cory Schneider or isn’t dealt at all, the market is expected to loosen up a bit. At that juncture, it might be easier for the Senators to decide what route to take with their goalies.

After losing Craig Anderson to a freak injury late last season that required Murray to go get Bishop at the deadline from the St. Louis Blues for a second-round pick, the Senators may not be in a hurry to move anybody unless they get a good deal.

3 Responses to Ottawa Senators goalie Ben Bishop returns to his backup role

  1. JoelLeafs says:

    I sort of disagree with the premise here. I think that the Longer that Lu isn’t traded the more they could potentially get for Lehner. Frankly if it gets close to the deadline and Lu is still in a ‘Nucks jersey it becomes evident that he’s staying for the year, driving up the cost of other available tenders.

    Lenher is in a similar situation as Bernier, both of which, I think, are lent more value by the Luongo situation… his contract and the fact that he still hasn’t been dealt makes these two much more attractive to the marker, especially if a starting keeper goes down at some point.

    • mapleleafsfan says:

      I don’t think Ottawa will be trading Lehner; I’d put him last on their available goalie list. If a goalie goes it will probably be Bishop. Lehner is one of the best goalie prospects in the league.

      • Steven_Leafs0 says:

        agreed, unless Bishop somehow passes Lehner sometime between now and when one of the goalies need to be moved then Bishop will be the one to go.

        Ottawa should package Bishop with a young potential top 6 forward or top 4 d-man for a current top 6 or top 4.

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