Good defenseman and goaltenders are both tough to come by in hockey. Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray added both on Sunday and Monday.
Ben Bishop who was playing with the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL, will report to Binghamton for now, with Robin Lehner still in Ottawa.
Bishop was from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Ottawa’s second-round draft pick in the 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
He signed a one-way deal with Ottawa for next season, meaning he will battle Lehner for the backup spot in Ottawa behind Craig Anderson next season.
Bishop, 25, has spent the entire season with the Peoria Rivermen, the Blues’ American Hockey League affiliate. Bishop has a record of 24-14-0 in 38 games with the Rivermen, posting a league-leading six shutouts, a 2.26 goals-against-average and .928 save percentage. Bishop’s 24 wins are also tied for the AHL lead.
The 6-7, 215-pound native of Denver was named 2012 AHL All-Star Classic most valuable player after stopping 10 of 11 shots in the third period and leading the Western Conference to an 8-7 shootout victory. He was also named Reebok top goaltender during the All-Star Classic’s skills competition.
Bishop has appeared in 13 career NHL games, all with St. Louis, posting a 4-5-1 record with one shutout, a 2.83 goals-against-average and .893 save percentage. He was drafted by the Blues in the third round (85th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
The club also acquired defenseman Matt Gilroy from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenseman Brian Lee on Monday.
Gilroy, 27, has two goals, 15 assists and 16 penalty minutes in 53 games with the Lightning this season. He has averaged 17:36 in time-on-ice per game and is +2. A native of North Bellmore, N.Y., Gilroy has played in 180 career NHL games with the New York Rangers and Tampa, recording nine goals, 34 assists and 53 penalty minutes.
Originally signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent on April 17, 2009, Gilroy played four seasons with the Boston University Terriers from 2005 to 2009. In 2009, he captured the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the top player in collegiate hockey. He also led the Terriers to a NCAA national championship that season and got the nod as a First-Team All-American. Named a First-Team All-American in 2007-08 and Second-Team All-American in 2006-07, Gilroy represented the United States at the 2010 world championships in Germany, recording three goals and an assist.
Lee, 24, is in his fifth season in the NHL, all of which he has spent with the Senators. He has recorded one goal, seven assists and 27 penalty minutes while appearing in 35 games to date this season. A native of Moorhead, Minn., Lee has registered five goals, 23 assists and 100 penalty minutes in 167 career contests for Ottawa.
Before playing with the big club, Lee played 55 games with Binghamton in ’07-08, 27 in ’08-’09 and 41 in 09-’10. He had eight goals and 44 assists overall as a member of the baby Sens.’
These moves are clearly depth moves, as Ottawa attempts to solidify a playoff spot. They currently sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. The top eight make the postseason.
information from HockeyDB.com and from offificial Binghamton and Ottawa Senators press releases was used in this article.