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.