The Islanders have acquired San Jose’s first round pick in 2009 in a trade with Ottawa. The Islanders have sent Chris Campoli and Mike Comrie to the Senators. In addition to the late first round pick, New York gets veteran forward Dean McAmmond.
(I write this from Laguardia Airport, while a rough draft of “TRUE VALUE: Chris Campoli” sits in my laptop. That’s life.)
There seemed to be a lot of smoke revolving around a possible trade of Chris. I wrote a week ago of the possibility. Billy Jaffe had openly speculated about a Campoli deal on MSG Plus.
Then earlier today an NHL source told me that Chris had asked to be traded. By the time I could confirm the request, the deal was done.
On one hand, the NYI lose a developed NHL dman who will be 25 in July. On the other, they got more back for Campoli and Comrie than some would have thought. I would have liked to see the Islanders pick up a prospect in the deal, but you can’t have everything.
Chris Campoli wanted a change of scenery, so you can’t get everything you want in return. I’d give Garth Snow a B on this deal. Much will depend on the development of Jack Hillen, a similar puckhandling D.
For sticks and giggles, I’ll post that Campoli True Value later tonight. I’ll have more as details roll in. CB