Calgary Flames\' Alex Tanguay (40) goes flying into St. Louis Blues goalie Ben Bishop (30) in the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 1, 2011 in St. Louis. The Ottawa Senators moved quickly to add insurance with their top goaltender out of the lineup.The NHL team acquired Ben Bishop from the St. Louis Blues for a second-round draft pick in 2013 on Sunday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Tom Gannam)
OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators assigned newly acquired goalie Ben Bishop to Binghamton of the American Hockey League on Monday.
The Senators acquired the six-foot-seven Bishop in a trade with the St. Louis Blues on Sunday for a second-round pick in the 2013 draft.
Bishop, who has been among the best goalies in the AHL this season, joined the Senators organization less than a week after starter Craig Anderson had surgery for a severed tendon in his right hand. He cut his small finger while preparing food.
Bishop was to have become a free agent this summer but agreed to a one-year contract extension as part of the trade.
Robin Lehner was recalled from the AHL after Anderson's injury and started for Ottawa on Sunday, making 28 saves in the Senators' 5-2 win over the New York Islanders. Alex Auld is Anderson's regular backup and started Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Boston Bruins.
The 25-year-old Bishop posted impressive numbers with the AHL's Peoria Rivermen this season, going 24-14-0 with a 2.26 goals-against average and .928 save percentage. He also has a league-best six shutouts.
Bishop has made 13 NHL appearances for the Blues but found himself behind Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott in the rotation this season.