First Big NHL Trade Of 2009 Deadline Deal

From the Sens PR staff:

February 20, 2009
Ottawa Senators acquire Comrie and Campoli from New York Islanders
McAmmond and first-round pick (San Jose) sent to New York

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Feb. 20, 2009) – Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today the club has acquired centre Mike Comrie and defenceman Chris Campoli, eight- and four-year NHL veterans respectively, in exchange for centre Dean McAmmond and the San Jose Sharks’ 2009 first-round draft pick, obtained from the Tampa Bay Lightning in August 2008.

Comrie, 28, returns to the Senators, having played 61 games during the 2006-07 season, including 20 playoff meetings en route to the Stanley Cup final. Ottawa had acquired Comrie from the Phoenix Coyotes on Jan. 3, 2007, for centre Alexei Kaigorodov. He had 13 goals, 12 assists and 24 penalty minutes in 41 regular-season games with the Senators, as well as six points (2-4) and 17 penalty minutes in 20 post-season meetings.

In 41 games this season with the Islanders, Comrie has seven goals, 13 assists and 26 penalty minutes. The Edmonton native has recorded five two-point games. He missed 17 games in November due to a hip injury.

In 503 career NHL games, Comrie has registered 151 goals, 180 assists and 389 penalty minutes with the Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes, Senators and Islanders. He was originally drafted by the Oilers in the third round, 91st overall, of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

Campoli, 24, is in his fourth season in the NHL and with the Islanders. In 51 games this season, the 6-foot, 190-pound defenceman has six goals, 17 assists and 43 penalty minutes. He has already tied a career season high with two game-winning goals and a shorthanded marker. Campoli has missed seven games to injuries.

Selected in the seventh round, 227th overall, in the 2004 entry draft, Campoli came to the New York club after playing the 2004-05 season with its American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In 228 regular-season NHL career games, he has 83 points (20-63) and 128 penalty minutes.

Campoli played four seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters, serving as team captain in his last year.

McAmmond, 35, joined the Senators as a free agent in August 2006. In 916 regular-season games, the Grand Cache, Alta., native has 176 goals, 246 assists and 442 penalty minutes. In three seasons with the Senators, McAmmond recorded 26 goals, 32 assists and 56 penalty minutes over 193 games.

San Jose’s 2009 first-round draft pick that is included in the trade, came from the Tampa Bay Lightning when they acquired Andrej Meszaros on Aug. 29, 2008, for Filip Kuba and Alexandre Picard.

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