Apparently Canadiens General Manager Pierre Gauthier isn’t happy with the depth of his defensive corps. Today he signed free agent Chris Campoli to a one year 1.75 million dollar contract.
Campoli was a restricted free agent at the end of last season and took the Blackhawks to arbitration. The Blackhawks walked away making him an unrestricted free agent.
Scouting reports list Campoli as a mobile puck moving defenseman with speed. There have been questions about his consistency.
This signing will prompt discussion of the health of Andrei Markov’s knee. Markov has not been able to participate in training camp because of setbacks in the rehabilitation of his surgically repaired knee.
From the Canadiens Communications Department
MONTREAL (September 26, 2011) – Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced today the signing of defenseman Chris Campoli to a one-year contract for the 2011-12 season. As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
In 2010-11, Campoli registered 21 points (4 goals, 17 assists) in 77 games with the Ottawa Senators and Chicago Blackhawks. One of his goals was scored on the powerplay and he tallied one game-winning goal. Campoli served 34 penalty minutes and totalled 84 shots on goal. Campoli, 27, played 397 career regular season games in the NHL with the New York Islanders, Ottawa and Chicago. He has registered 135 points (33 goals, 102 assists) and 192 penalty minutes. He suited up for 18 career playoff contests, collecting five points (1 goal, 4 assists).
A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Campoli was drafted in the seventh round, 227th overall by the Islanders at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.