Can't say I saw this move coming, but the Senators re-acquired centre Mike Comrie and added defenseman Chris Campoli for Dean McAmmond and a first rounder. The Senators enjoyed Comrie's time in Ottawa the first time around, so why not pick him up again this year?
|To Ottawa||Position||Age||GP/MIN||Points||Cap Hit||Cap Hit|
|Mike Comrie||F||28||41||20||$4 million||UFA|
|To Long Island||Position||Age||GP/MIN||Points||Cap Hit||Cap Hit|
|2009 1st Round Pick|
Ottawa really wants to make sure that they can make the playoffs, despite the poor performance to start the year. The Senators are still 13 points from a playoff spot, which is huge, so this could be a deal that does little for their team. I honestly believe that the key to this deal is Chris Campoli, who still has another year on his deal. A good young defenseman is hard to come by, so this, to me, is the real bargaining chip, which made the pick going back a first rounder.
The Islanders managed to get another pick for their summer and they'll get to rent Dean McAmmond, who does become a free agent at the end of the year. With the Islanders out of the playoff picture already and in the John Tavares sweeps, it should come as no surprise that they made a move to get another pick this summer and move some salary cap space in the process.
In total, I don't think this is a bad deal at all for either team, but to take on Comrie's salary right now, does seem to be a tad questionable.
As for the pool, all three players have no place in the Draft, so there is nothing there. All three players are on the Sheet, but I don't think any of them were all that popular.