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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Pension Plan Puppets
February 20, 2009 4:45 pm

Wow! The senators actually traded a draft pick! How adventurous!

February 20, 2009 5:39 pm

This can only enhance the market value for Burke’s stash

cha ching!

February 20, 2009 5:43 pm

Am I seriously missing something here guys? Does this trade make any sense for Ottawa??? Believe me, I could care less about Ottawa. I am just speaking out loud as a hockey fan here, I can’t understand how Campoli & Comrie are worth a 1st round pick, forget about McCammond he’s a throw in.

I sure hope to hell Burke is in serious discussion with the Islanders for just about any possible trade to try and finagle one of their 4 picks in the top 35 selections.

February 20, 2009 5:53 pm

Remember how Burke mentioned the other day that his people were looking into a certain player who was offered in a trade?

I have a feeling the Stars are offering Avery for Blake.It could be part of a larger deal also involving picks.

February 20, 2009 5:58 pm

Eggy, do we even want Avery though? As much as I am not a fan of Blake, boy, I don’t know if I can really feel any better about replacing him with Avery…

February 20, 2009 6:06 pm

I’ve wrestled with the Avery thing for awhile.I’ve started to warm to the idea of what he’d offer(as an asset) compared to Blake. Avery is about 6 younger,adds sandpaper,would be much easier to trade if he appreciates as an asset,…………and besides,eversince Tucker left we’ve been missing a Sideshow Bob

February 20, 2009 6:31 pm

I suppose if there is a coach out there that perhaps reign in that huge yap of his and maybe, just maybe, he could be effective here. Wilson might be able to do that. Burke wouldn’t hold anything back verbally when telling Avery who’s boss, we know this. Maybe he needs to fear his superiors to respect them and play hard for them. Although he was good in NY and I doubt he feared his bosses there.

You know, I just had a thought. You really might be onto something here Eggy. This would be exactly the type of trade that Burke might pull because it would be exrtremely controversial and thrust ol’ Burkie right into a media storm. He seems to like that, and although a stretch perhaps, if Avery turns the corner and plays well too, man would Brian just love that. Burke would be known as the GM who ‘tamed Sean Avery and look what he has become now’.

February 20, 2009 6:57 pm

My only reservation,(in regards to the Avery career rehab) would be that the lure of the Toronto media would be like sending an ex extasy addict into a rave.

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