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Tampa trades former Canisius star Conacher to Ottawa for goaltender; Sens visit Buffalo on Friday

By John Vogl

Cory Conacher, the former Canisius star who was named MVP of the AHL last season, is on his way to Ottawa.

Tampa has dealt the forward to the Senators, along with a fourth-round pick, in exchange for goaltender Ben Bishop. The Sabres host Ottawa on Friday.

The 23-year-old Conacher has nine goals and 24 points in 35 games to garner consideration for NHL Rookie of the Year. He has just two goals in the last 17 games.

Tampa Bay has been in dire need of goaltending, though, and Bishop was in a logjam with the Senators behind injured Craig Anderson and prospect Robin Lehner. Bishop, 21, is 8-5 with a 2.45 goals-against average and .922 save percentage.

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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