Bishop deal thins weak goalie market

Updated: February 26, 2012, 3:40 PM ET
By Craig Custance

If the St. Louis Blues picked their starting goalie this season based on training camp performance, Ben Bishop probably deserved the job. But St. Louis preferred going with the experienced Brian Elliott instead of the potential that came with the 6-foot-7 Bishop.

Bishop went back to Peoria, where he put together his best season in the AHL yet, winning 24 games with a 2.26 goals-against average and .928 save percentage.

Now, he gets his NHL chance. The Ottawa Senators dealt for the promising Bishop this morning to help ease the pain of Craig Anderson's injury, and it could end up being a wise move for Ottawa GM Bryan Murray. The deal thins out an already weak goalie market as Monday's trade deadline closes in.