Campoli Wants Back in the NHL
Chris Campoli, a prominent figure representing the NHLPA during the lockout, wants back in the NHL.
His season just wrapped up in Switzerland where he helped Biel get into the playoffs before falling in seven games to the top team in the league.
Now he’s back to waiting, for a chance that is.
Once a promising blueliner Campoli has a decent NHL resume. It includes over 400 games and two 30 point seasons with four different teams.
Last season he began the year on the top pair with Montreal before a hamstring injury derailed his season. The Canadiens had their own issues which included trading for Tomas Kaberle while dressing seven D-men on some nights.
Following the 2010-2011 season Campoli was awarded $2.5 million in a arbitration case only to see Chicago and GM Stan Bowman walk away. Montreal signed him late that summer to a 1-year $1.75 million deal.
He spent the majority of his time playing with Brian Campbell in Chicago who along with Filip Kuba are currently available in Florida.
Scouting reports on Kuba are average at best although he’s been shuffled around much of the year. Many are concerned with his foot speed and it appears the time off during the lockout did more harm than good. The Blues showed considerable interest in Kuba last summer before he signed a two-year deal with the Panthers. He does have a no-move but would entertain a trade.
Kuba spent most of last season playing alongside Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson in Ottawa. Sources with the Senators gave him rave reviews last summer.
Campoli scored nine points in ten games in the top Swiss league this season while playing in every situation. He would need waivers to join an NHL team which the Blues are all too familiar with. They lost Marek Svatos and Kyle Wellwood to waivers a few years back after signing both players out of the KHL during the season.
Could Campoli help the Blues?
It’s no secret the Blues are looking for a left shot D-man. With few sellers it’s safe to say you’re going to have to overpay in a trade to get the player you want.
Would it make sense for the Blues to take a flier on Campoli who wouldn’t require the team to give up anything to get him?
On the surface there’s limited risk considering the team would have to pay him peanuts to get a good look at him. Even if he signed for $750,000 the team would owe him about $200,000 cash.
I should point out the Blues offered him a one-year deal in the $750-$800 range before the season which he turned down. A decision he likely regrets today.
The Blues eventually turned to Wade Redden who remains with the team.
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