- Chris Campoli, Thanks to George Prax, thecheckingline.com
I know I’m a little late to this, as I haven’t had a chance to use my computer in a couple of days.
On Monday, Montreal signed Defenceman Chris Campoli to a one-year, $1.75 million contract. Campoli has played for the Islanders, Senators, and most recently, Blackhawks. The 27-year-old has played 397 games in the NHL since 2005, racking up 33 goals and 102 assists for 135 points.
The Hamilton Bulldogs signed Philip DeSimone and Olivier Dame-Malka to one-year two-way contracts, to play in the AHL and ECHL. Both played with the Canadiens during the pre-season.
Nathan Lawson and Brian Willise were placed on waivers. Brock Trotter was also on waivers on Monday, but cleared and will start the season with the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Now Back To Campoli. The Canadiens already have Hal Gill ,P.K. Subban, Josh Gorges, Jaroslav Spacek, Raphael Diaz, Alexei Yemelin, Jeff Woywitka,Alex Henry, Yannick Weber and Frederic St-Denis. I didn’t include Markov due to the fact his injury problems could prevent us from seeing him in the near future. But even without Markov, Montreal has Yemelin, Weber and Diaz in waiting. Or do they?
Weber, to me, is the favorite in this, as he is the most NHL ready. He has already played in the NHL, while Yemelin and Diaz have not. Diaz is not ready to play in the big leagues just yet, so some more AHL seasoning could really help him. Same with Yemelin, as he needs to get adjusted to North American hockey.
But if Weber is ready, what was the point in signing Campoli?
Here’s what I think: Montreal will trade Spacek’s bad contract ($3,833,333) for a forward with a similar price. Names that come to mind are Tuomo Ruutu and Johan Franzen. That will give the young guys a chance to play, and hopefully have immediate offense, instead of waiting a year or too for Brendan Gallagher.
Now there have been some rumbilings about a trade, but nothing more then just rumors. I found it kind of confusing that they would sign a player for a postision that is pretty much set.
Campoli is a small improvement from Weber, but Weber comes at a cheaper price ($800K). Weber has a better shot, but some say Campoli is a better defenceman.
Is this Pierre Gauthier’s way of saying the young guys aren’t ready? That may be part of the reason. If I were Gauthier, I would give Yemelin or Weber some time in the NHL. Weber has already proven he can play both wing and D. Yemelin was one of the good suprises in training camp.
But yet again, Im not Gauthier.
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