Bishop Signs AHL Deal
As we reported this morning, Ottawa Senators goaltender Ben Bishop has agreed to an AHL contract with the Binghamton Senators. Bishop is eligible to play in the AHL during the lockout having been on the roster at the AHL clear date (or AHL trade deadline) last season.
The 25 year old goaltender enjoyed his best season as a pro last year winning a combined 26 games with six shutouts between Peoria and Binghamton. He was also named the MVP of the AHL all star game. He brings 23 NHL games to the table including 10 last year with Ottawa.
Last year earned him a one-way NHL contract for this season which is obviously on hold due to the ongoing NHL labor strife. A clause has been written into Bishop’s AHL contract that states he will report to the NHL and the Ottawa Senators once the lockout is resolved.
Binghamton will carry three goaltenders on their roster including prospect Robin Lehner and AHL veteran Nathan Lawson.
Lawson, who is on an AHL deal, refused to report to the ECHL and will remain in Binghamton.
It’s in the Senators and Bishop’s best interest to have him playing in a competitive environment. He’s been working out in St. Louis with a number of NHL players but will benefit from getting back to a normal routine. He’s very familiar with Senators goaltending coach Rick Wamsley as the two were together during their days with the Blues organization.
More to come,
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