OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2009) - Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today the club has acquired centre Mike Comrie and defenceman Chris Campoli, eight- and four-year NHL veterans respectively, in exchange for centre Dean McAmmond and the San Jose Sharks’ 2009 first-round draft pick, obtained from the Tampa Bay Lightning in August 2008.
Glove tap to TorontoSportsMedia for the heads up. Comrie is a UFA this season and Campoli is a RFA. McAmmond is also a UFA this summer but makes $3.1M less than Comrie. Let's face the facts senators fans, this team isn't making the playoffs this year. It might not make it next year either. So why, after years of not trading picks away for fear that it might actually contribute to the team's success, is Bryan Murray throwing away another first rounder? Sure, it'll be in the 27-30 range but don't the senators need as much cheap talent as possible to fill the gaps around the Big Three?