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Moves: Bishop to AHL, Schlemko stays local

Ben Bishop

OTTAWA, CANADA - MARCH 20: Ben Bishop #30 of the Ottawa Senators walks out for warmup prior to a game against the New Jersey Devils at Scotiabank Place on March 20, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Let’s catch up on two of Thursday’s smaller moves.

  • First, “Big” Ben Bishop will tend nets for the Ottawa Senators’ AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, according to The Ottawa Sun. Promising prospect Robin Lehner is likely to push Bishop for starts with the Baby Sens, which makes sense since the two could very well battle for the backup job (or better) in the future.

(One would assume that Bishop has the inside track to be Craig Anderson’s No. 2, but goalie situations often change rapidly.)

  • Phoenix Coyotes defenseman David Schlemko looks like he’ll stay local rather than opting for a European tour. The Arizona Republic passes along word that he’ll play for the Central Hockey League’s Arizona Sundogs during the work stoppage.