It was a tale of two men named Chris at the trade deadline: Chris Campoli, a young defenseman who has been playing a pretty good season so far with consistent, aggressive play and Chris Phillips, a veteran presence in Ottawa with less than stellar numbers, but history on his side. Chris Phillips resigned with Ottawa for 3 years and while he took what some people would consider a small financial hit for the privilege of remaining a career Senator, it was a wise choice.
With the amount of changes that have occurred for the Senators over the seasons, they are a far cry from the team that went to the Cup Final in 2007. They are, in fact, a shadow of their former selves, with the fantastic four of Alfie, Spezza, Phillips and Neil being the only ones that remain. Phillips should be the wise sage of this team which seems to be getting younger by the minute, with no less than 6 Binghampton players starting in almost every game. He should make a great mentor and help anchor the team through some rocky times ahead.
Chris Campoli was a disposable player near the trade deadline and it makes sense that Murray sent him to a well-rounded team like the Chicago Blackhawks. The good part about him going is that he may have a chance to see a playoff run and playing alongside the likes of Toews and Kane can’t possibly hurt his development at all. Campoli is not going to be a force to be reckoned with, but he does bring some solid play to the table and he will be an asset for Chicago as they move forward, even though he will likely never be a star. It’s a good move for him as well.
It was one the quietest trade deadlines ever and it was a shame, since the coverage of the day and the hype leading up to it seems to increase every year. Hopefully there will be something else worth watching come July 1- nothing says Canada Day like a whole lot of hockey talk and a possible juicy trade.
This year’s trade deadline was a snoozer for the most part, but at least the moves leading up to it have made sense. Murray may have ruffled a few feathers in Ottawa and alienated the 14 year old girl demographic in Ottawa who is in love with Mike Fisher, but the fact of the matter is, he did the best he could in this situation, clearing cap space and giving Ottawa a fighting chance for a rebuild in the future that may not take as long as many are predicting.
About the Author
Written by Mika Oehling
Office worker and sports nerd. Cannot play a professional sport to save my life, but love to write. Prone to rants, raves, snarky humour and caustic commentary. My team's the Ottawa Senators. Author of Armchair Hockey, a work of humourous fiction released this year and available for sale online at Chapters and Amazon.