Senators Change the Midwest Division Landscape by Acquiring Ben Bishop

The Peoria Rivermen’s All-Star goaltender Ben Bishop was traded today by the St. Louis Blues to the Ottawa Senators. Bishop, who was stuck on the depth chart behind NHL All-Star Brian Elliott and the more than capable Jaroslav Halak, was dealt for a second-round selection in the 2013 entry draft.

The big news for Milwaukee is that Bishop will be leaving rival Peoria thanks to the trade. The Admirals won the first five games of the season series against the Rivermen, but Peoria has dominated since, taking five in row dating back to a 1-0 decision on New Years Day. Bishop was in the net for three of those victories, posting one shutout and a pair of two-goal against efforts.

Bishop, who was widely regarded as one of the top players in the American Hockey League, signed a one-year, one-way deal with Ottawa as result of the trade and therefore will not be back to the minors anytime soon. Meanwhile, Peoria currently sits in 8th place with a record of 29-24-2-1. Obviously, this trade could have a huge impact on the direction of the Rivermen going forward.

Milwaukee currently stands in 11th place with a record of 27-22-2-2, but owns three games in hand on Peoria. The Admirals have just two games left with their Midwest Division foe.

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