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The Ottawa Senators were buyers at the trade deadline, dealing from strength to bolster a rotation of forwards still thin due to injuries.
The Buffalo Sabres were sellers, continuing the early stages of what appears to be a rebuilding phase.
The Northeast Division rivals meet Friday night in Buffalo, where the Senators will get their first look at newly acquired rookie Cory Conacher against a Sabres squad moving on from dealing Jason Pominville.
Despite No. 1 goaltender Craig Anderson suffering a sprained ankle Feb. 22, the Senators (19-11-6) were able to hold their ground in the playoff race behind Ben Bishop and AHL call-up Robin Lehner. Anderson is now healthy enough to play, though coach Paul MacLean did not name a starter for this game after practice Thursday even though Bishop is gone from the roster.
The Senators, still missing top forwards Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek due to injuries, dealt Bishop to Tampa Bay on Wednesday for Conacher and a fourth-round pick in 2013.
"I'm a guy who likes to be first on the puck and in the corners and dig for loose pucks and create turnovers and finish checks and skate hard and back check hard and be responsible on the ice," Conacher told the team's official website. "I think Ottawa is a team that's working on a lot of those things and they have a lot of players who do those things which will be a good fit for me."
Conacher's 24 points trail only Florida's Jonathan Huberdeau among all rookies and are two more than anyone on Ottawa. MacLean put Conacher on a line with fellow rookies Jakob Silfverberg and Mika Zibanejad in Thursday's practice, teaming together three of the league's top 13 first-year scorers.
"We're trying to find the best place for him to have success early," MacLean said. "He's been good on the power play and that's something we need as well."
The Senators opened a seven-game road trip Tuesday with a 3-2 loss at Boston in a rare free-wheeling game that was also normal in it being decided by one goal. Lehner made a career-high 47 saves as Ottawa fell to 9-7-6 in one-goal games.
The game was "way too wide open for us" in the first period, forward Erik Condra said after his team matched a season high with 47 shots. "After that it was a good game both ways. We struggled in the first and just never got it back."
Buffalo (14-17-6) is last in the Northeast, 10 points behind Ottawa, and general manager Darcy Regier has been retooling his roster. Wednesday's move may have been the biggest, shipping captain Jason Pominville and a 2014 draft pick to Minnesota for prospects Johan Larsson and Matt Hackett plus two draft picks.
"It's going to involve rolling back a little bit organizationally," said Regier, who had previously dealt defensemen Robyn Regehr and Jordan Leopold for picks. "Acquire the assets, the players, the draft picks and do it in a way that's going to allow us to group enough young players together, or players together, in order to win a championship."
The Sabres snapped a four-game losing streak - and Pittsburgh's 15-game win streak - with a 4-1 road victory Tuesday behind two goals from Kevin Porter.
Ottawa has won all three games between the teams this season, and Kyle Turris' power-play goal with 1:06 left in overtime provided a 4-3 victory at Buffalo in the most recent meeting March 16. Anderson had a season-high 42 saves in a 2-0 victory Feb. 12, his fifth straight win over the Sabres.
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Cory Conacher has been a name prospect the last year or so, but I can't say I've caught enough Tampa, Norfolk or Syracuse games to give an informed take on his game. So I turned to John Fontana (@Johnny_Fonts) who writes at SBN's Tampa Bay Lighting blog Raw Charge to answer a few questions fans in Ottawa may have. Oh and if you're looking for a more in-depth and detailed...
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The Ottawa Senators did what I've recommended for the past few weeks now, selling high on goaltender Ben Bishop. The return on their investment -- initially, a second-round pick tendered to St. Louis -- came in the exchange of rookie forward Cory Conacher, and a fourth-round pick.
Ottawa was dealing from a position of luxury like...
In somewhat of a surprising move, the Tampa Bay Lightning have traded Cory Conacher and a fourth-round pick to the Ottawa Senators for goalie Ben Bishop. Bishop is set to become a restricted free agent this offseason. He carried an 8-5-1 record with a 2.45 goals against average and a .922 save percentage for the Senators this season. Conacher, who was growing into a fan favorite...
Goalie Ben Bishop is coming to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Lightning traded for the fourth-year netminder Wednesday, sending forward Cory Conacher and a fourth-round pick in this year's NHL Entry Draft to the Ottawa Senators, the team announced.
Bishop, selected by the St. Louis Blues in the third round 85th overall in the 2005 draft, played in 13 games with the Senators...
The Ottawa Senators traded goaltender Ben Bishop to the Tampa Bay Lightning for rookie forward Cory Conacher and a fourth-round draft pick.
The 23-year-old Conacher has nine goals and 15 assists in 35 games this season for the Lightning
Ottawa has struggled to score goals due to injuries to Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson and are 24th in the league averaging 2.42 goals per game...
The Tampa Bay Lightning made a splash on trade deadline day by sending rookie forward Cory Conacher and a fourth round pick in 2013 to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for goaltender Ben Bishop. The deal, which addresses a need for each club involved, has since spawned a great deal of emotion, discussion and analysis from all corners of the hockey world.
On what turned out to...
Ottawa Senators goaltender Ben Bishop was rumored to be on the block today thanks to the impending return of starter Craig Anderson. Bishop's outstanding play this season (8-5-0 with a .922 SV% and a 2.45 GAA) has really inflated his trade value well over what the Senators had to give up to the Blues last year to get him.
This is going to hurt for Blues fans, as Bishop got...
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After plenty of early signs suggesting a serious connection between the Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning on the trade front, it appears GMs Bryan Murray and Steve Yzerman have finally struck a deal.
And, as expected, it's for Ottawa goaltender Ben Bishop.
Bishop has played exceptional [.922 save percentage, 2.45 GAA] in...
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With yesterday's NHL Trade Deadline behind us, @creecher1200 and I jumped into the studio to record our thoughts on the Senators and the organization's Cory Conacher acquisition on the latest episode of The 6th Sens Podcast.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning have traded rookie forward Cory Conacher and a 4th round selection to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Ben Bishop.
Cory Conacher goes to the Senators with a fourth-round pick. Conacher was at practice today.— Damian Cristodero (@LightningTimes) April 3, 2013
Blog to follow. TSN's Bob McKenzie broke the story....
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The Ottawa Senators stayed moderately quiet during the trade deadline. The Buffalo Sabres, not so much.
Two organizations, two extremely different short and long-term plans. Bryan Murray's lone move was to send G Ben Bishop to Tampa Bay in exchange for Cory Conacher and a fourth-round draft-pick. In a perfect world, Ottawa likely...
LOVE: There's an old saying in sports about speed being the great equalizer. In an otherwise sloppy game last night in Buffalo, I thought the trio of Mika Zibanejad, Jakob Silfverberg, and Cory Conacher had a strong night. The "Calder Line" was on ice for both goals, creating scoring opportunities for both Marc Methot and Eric Gryba. The Methot goal was particularly...