February 14, 2013; Tampa FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Cory Conacher (89) skates with the puck against the Washington Capitals during the first period at Tampa Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Trade Shocker: Tampa Bay Lightning Trade Cory Conacher to the Ottawa Senators

Yes, you heard me right. Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today that they have indeed traded star rookie forward Cory Conacher to the Ottawa Senators along with a fourth-round draft pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for goaltender Ben Bishop.

This move comes totally out of left field.

Cory Conacher is poised to be the rookie of the year this year. In the 35 games that the young forward has played for the Lightning this season, he netted 9 goals and 15 assists for a total of 24 points.

He is currently one point shy of Florida Panthers rookie Jonathan Huberdeau for first place among rookies.

I still can’t quite wrap my head around this. I completely understand the simple fact that you have to give something to get something, but is it really necessary to trade away one of the most valuable players that our recently reenergized team has?

The Tampa Bay Lightning has played the proverbial “Musical Chairs” with goalies over the last few years; from Mike Smith and Dwayne Roloson, to Mathieu Garon, Anders Lindback, and even Dustin Tokarski and Cedrick Desjardins. I am starting to wonder if our goaltending issue is not with the goalie itself, but with the goalie coach.

However, that is another story for another day.

I can assure you that Conacher will surely be missed by the Bolts Nation. As I said before, the charismatic, young rookie is setting himself up to be a real contender for Rookie of the Year this year. If given the opportunity to mature and blossom, I am certain that he will be a 50-goal scoring machine the likes of Steven Stamkos in no time at all.

We here at Bolts By The Bay wish Cory all the luck, wherever he may end up. Whether it be with Ottawa or with another NHL team, Conacher will always have a spot in the hearts of Lightning fans around the world.


What are your thought and opinions on today’s trade? Do you think the ends were worth the means, or do you think we gave away too much? Sound off in the comments below and let us know what you think.

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  • TD

    What a shit move, especially when we could have just gotten Bishop last year, but , as Yzerman stated, “went in a different direction.” Conacher is the future St. Louis, and now we’ll have to play against that. Best of luck to him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.kempf.56 Joe Kempf

    To say that Conacher is the next St Louis is somewhat premature.

  • HKEstes

    Not being a Bolts fan I have not seen Conacher play so can only go by the numbers he has posted, most of which came early in the season.

    I do know something about Bishop having had the pleasure of watching him develop in Juniors with the Texas Tornado where he won a Robertson Cup National Championship. Bishop was 10-2 in the playoffs that season, including dispatching current Lightning head coach Cooper’s Bandits in the Divisional Finals four games to one. In the 12 post season games Bishop put up a 2.00GAA.

    After leaving Texas Bishop stepped into the starting goalie position for the University of Maine and took the Black Bears to two NCAA Frozen Four Finals in his three seasons. Bishop’s AHL numbers were hampered somewhat by playing for Peoria but he showed consistent improvement earning several call ups before settling in with the Sens.

    Bishop could efasily be 10-3-0 right now if the Sens offense had put up a couple of goals for him in 1-0 and 2-1 losses. His numbers so far this season are much better than anything Bolts fans have seen this season.

    Give the kid a chance and I think you will be pleasantly surprised. I have always thought he had the tools to eventually be a number 1 goalie in the NHL. Hopefully he can settle into the job with Tampa. I know that he will at least keep the Bolts in most games and give the offense a chance to win games.

    Here are a couple aarticles I did on Bishop for Blackout Dallas on Fansided.