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.