Chris Campoli’s summer was one ripe with rejection. After turning in a satisfactory performance with the Chicago Blackhawks down the stretch following a deadline day trade, the 27-year old defenseman appeared to be a decent fit for the cap-strapped ‘Hawks. Alas, the team would part ways with Campoli after he was awarded $2.5 million in arbitration. It may have taken longer than Campoli would have hoped for, but he has found a home for the 2011-12 season with the Montreal Canadiens. TSN’s Bob McKenzie Tweets that the Habs have inked him to a one-year $1.75 million deal.
The addition of Campoli makes sense for the Canadiens in light of Andrei Markov’s recent setback while recovering from reconstructive knee surgery. He’ll likely skate on the Canadiens’ third pairing while picking up the occasional sniff of minutes on the power play.
Campoli has 135-points in 397 career NHL games with the New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators and Blackhawks. It’s nice to see him find work after the way his departure from Chicago went down. One team’s garbage is another team’s treasure? Well, we won’t go as far to call Campoli a treasure, but he should be motivated to prove he’s worth the arbitration award that he was denied.