Boy, the end of July sure has been busy, eh? The Senators have now avoided both arbitration cases that were booked for them, the first being Peter Regin, and now Chris Campoli has avoided his Tuesday hearing with a 1-year, $1.4 million deal on Friday. Campoli struggled through the 2010 season with a reported hernia, but does have plenty of upside, to which the Senators are going to try and flip over in the 2011 season.
In 2010, Campoli took a bit of a hit in the rankings, dropping down to 101st among defensemen, down from 51st in 2009, tallying only 4 goals and 14 assists in 67 games. There was quite a bit more expectation on the defender who came over to the Senators during the 2009 trading deadline, but injury really hampered his season and it just wasn't to be.
I'm expecting more of a bounce back season from Campoli in 2011, likely reaching the top 50 this year, especially if the Senators find some offense from up front in the year. He is a good skating defensemen with a lot of years left in him, so if he's coming to training camp healthy this year, I would be trying to sneak him out a little bit higher in my pool than some might... or at least try to get some sort of bargain out of him.