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Blues Trade Bishop to the Senators

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St. Louis Blues goaltender Ben Bishop pumps his fist for joy after turning away at shot on goal in a shootout by Columbus Blue Jackets Antoine Vermette for the win at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on March 7, 2011. St. Louis won the game 5-4.  UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis Blues goaltender Ben Bishop pumps his fist for joy after turning away at shot on goal in a shootout by Columbus Blue Jackets Antoine Vermette for the win at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on March 7, 2011. St. Louis won the game 5-4. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – The Blues announced Sunday the club has acquired a second round draft choice in 2013 from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for goaltender Ben Bishop.

A native of St. Louis, Bishop was originally drafted by the Blues in the third round, 85th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He has played in 13 NHL games, registering a 4-5-1 record, one shutout, a .896 save percentage and a 2.83 goals against average.

“I would like to thank Ben for his time in our organization,” said general manager Doug Armstrong. “He was a professional on and off the ice for us and we wish him nothing but the best in Ottawa.”

Bishop, 25, has appeared in 38 games with the Peoria Rivermen this season and has posted a .928 save percentage, a 2.26 goals against average and six shutouts along with a 24-14-0 record. The 6’7, 215-pound goaltender was recently named MVP of the 2012 AHL All-Star Game.

Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock commented on the deal during his weekly show, Sunday morning on KMOX, “I think he’s ready to play in the NHL. If it isn’t with us, I hope he gets a chance to play (there), because he’s been a great soldier for the Blues.”

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