Big Ben Bishop was the last one off the ice Wednesday at the Bell Sensplex before the Senators boarded their flight later in the afternoon.
With Robin Lehner dispatched to the club's AHL affiliate in Binghamton, the club's No. 2 goalie will leave the press box and return to his spot at the end of the bench Thursday night as the Senators face the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center.
How long Bishop will stay there nobody knows.
Before sending Lehner back to Bingo, GM Bryan Murray studied the NHL's trade market to see what other teams might be willing to offer up if he indeed decided he'd trade one of his goalies to start this shortened season.
Murray decided it's best to sit, wait and see what transpires.
League sources say until Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis clarifies the Roberto Luongo situation -- by either dealing him or taking him off the market for the year -- it could be tough for those teams with depth in goal to move a netminder.
Several teams -- including the Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks and Panthers -- could go looking for help depending on their fortunes, which means they're eying the Luongo situation.
Once Luongo either wins back his starting job from Cory Schneider or isn't dealt at all, the market is expected to loosen up a bit. At that juncture, it might be easier for the Senators to decide what route to take with their goalies.
After losing Craig Anderson to a freak injury late last season that required Murray to go get Bishop at the deadline from the St. Louis Blues for a second-round pick, the Senators may not be in a hurry to move anybody unless they get a good deal.
"We feel very fortunate. We have great depth at goaltending," said coach Paul MacLean before the club's flight here. "That's something I know we didn't say last year. We're pretty happy to have the goaltending we do."
The Senators couldn't afford to carry three goalies all season, which is why Lehner, 21, was sent down. He needs to play and the club needs to get Bishop into some games to see if he can return to being a capable backup to Anderson.
Making $650,000 on a one-way contract, Bishop, an RFA next summer, might have been an attractive option for a team seeking a backup who has the potential to be a No. 1. He could get his chance to start as early as Friday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Ottawa Senators goalie Ben Bishop returns to his backup role
Ottawa Sun | Jan 24