The Islanders traded forward Mike Comrie (right) and defenseman Chris Campoli to the Senators in exchange for forward Dean McAmmond and a first-round pick in 2009. Comrie was a member of the 2006-07 Senators team which reached the Stanley Cup final.
EN Says: Odd move for the Senators if you ask us. They're 13 points out of a playoff spot and and they're adding veterans? And they're dumping a first-rounder? Additionally, Comrie will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. Campoli will be restricted after 2009-10.
Also, Comrie has battle injuries this season and has just not been productive. He has 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 41 games. Campoli has posted solid numbers for a No. 4 or 5 defenseman. He has 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in 51 games. He could potentially be the best asset of this deal from Ottawa's perspective.
Kudos to Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray. It takes quite a bit to get outsmarted by Islanders general manager Garth Snow.
In all seriousness, Snow pulled off a smart deal here. His team is clearly rebuilding and he picked up a first-round pick while dumping some salary in the process. We assume the Senators insisted on McAmmond being a part of the deal in order to clear some roster space and/or salary cap space. He's an unrestricted free agent after the season.
The pick New York acquired originally belonged to the Sharks.
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