2/20/09

Campoli, Comrie traded for McAmmond/First Rd Pick

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/20/2009 04:46:00 PM
Islanders website: Reports the Islanders have acquired forward Dean McAmmond and a first-round draft selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft from the Ottawa Senators, in exchange for forward Mike Comrie and defenseman Chris Campoli.

This selection would be San Jose's first round pick which Ottawa had the rights to.

“We’re excited that we are able to add another piece to our rebuilding plans while bringing in someone like Dean who will provide additional depth for our team,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. “The Islanders organization would like to thank Mike and Chris for their contributions both on and off the ice over the past few seasons.”


Newsday: Greg Logan reports Dean McAmmond is a fourth-liner with a contract that expires at the end of this season and it's believed Campoli had difficulties playing for Scott Gordon and asked to be traded, Mr Logan also speculates Comrie also was unhappy under Gordon.

San Jose's pick currently would be the 29th overall selection in the draft.

Point Blank: Mr Botta reports it is San Jose’s first round pick in 2009 with veteran forward Dean McAmmond for Comrie and Campoli and also had speculation on Campoli requesting a trade.

NYI Fan Central Comments:

Islanders put a lot of time, years, development and revenue into Chris Campoli and was traded at age twenty four to a team in a playoff situation not much better than what the Islanders are currently in.

That's not what I call sticking with youth or a plan.

If the speculation is correct Scott Gordon's coaching was not a positive in having to move a twenty four year old, that's not a good endorsement.

I know they have drafted/signed offensive defenseman in Jack Hillen plus have Andrew MacDonald, Dustin Kohn with Aaron Ness, Mark Katic and a lot of players behind that room had to be made for so this is hardly a shock. It could be a sign the Islanders are looking to go defense with their first selection also.

It seemed with Mark Streit, Doug Weight and Kyle Okposo on the powerplay point it left Campoli the odd-man out too many nights. Gervais recent defensive play may have clinched it also.

Looks like Islanders took McAmmond as a body to fill a slot while Comrie has more time to negotiate a new contract with Ottawa. I don't know if Comrie was playing hurt again or not but he has been a ghost in the recent games and I suspect was not thrilled with being a left wing for a fair part of this season.

Only Comrie knows.

Unless a defender is ready to return from injury another callup will be needed for Saturday, I suspect a center may also get a call from Bridgeport.

Either way best of luck to Mike Comrie and Chris Campoli.

Unless Comrie and Campoli come out and say they did not get along with Scott Gordon that's more speculation than fact.

Updated:
Senators website has audio interviews with Mike Comrie here and Chris Campoli here after the trade with their thoughts.

Campoli said he was treated first class by the Islanders in his interview.

Islanders are the NHL team with two first rounders in the upcoming draft to go with three second rounders.

Updated:
Newsday: Mark Herrmann in Newsday supposed part Islander blog actually has a few words on today's trade but mostly negative asking what player on this team does make a difference as he traveled to Greenburgh to sell the latest former Ranger cash-grab for this coming Sunday.

Tsn.ca: Scott Cullen had a far more professional breakdown of the trade for both sides.



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