For a day that receives so much hype, the 2013 trade deadline started off boring. Actually, the Tampa Bay Lightning spent their morning sending four players–Ondrej Palat, Cedrick Desjardins, Mike Angelidis and Andrej Sustr–to AHL Syracuse. They then called up forwards Brett Connolly and Dana Tyrell. These assignments make sense, considering captain Vincent Lecavalier seems close to returning from injury.
The biggest Lightning splash came later on, as did many other notable trades. It addressed a pressing need–goaltending–by acquiring Ben Bishop from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for rookie Cory Conacher and a 2013 fourth-round draft pick.
Bishop, at 6-foot-7, is now the Lightning’s tallest goaltender. He’s played 13 games with the Senators, posting an 8-5-1 record, 2.58 GAA and .922 save percentage. He also has one shutout.
General manager Steve Yzerman said the Lightning had been eying Bishop for awhile, hoping he and Anders Lindback would be able to split time. At the least, he didn’t want either to feel like they were being thrown to the wolves.
Unfortunately, the price was tough for much of Bolts nation to swallow, seeing as Conacher is a great young forward who could potentially win the Calder Trophy. He also had quickly become a fan favorite, drawing comparisons to a fellow undrafted player in veteran Martin St. Louis.
Regardless, you must give in order to receive, and with the Lightning sitting just six points out of first in the Southeast Division getting quality netminding is very important. Will it result in a playoff spot this season? Only time will tell.