Campoli checks in with Canadiens

Defenceman Chris Campoli skates during the warm up at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Que., April 5,...

Defenceman Chris Campoli skates during the warm up at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Que., April 5, 2011. (JOCELYN MALETTE/QMI Agency)

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Chris Campoli may have had to take a pay cut, but he is happy to be with the Montreal Canadiens.

The defenceman practised Tuesday alongside Josh Gorges, having signed a one-year deal worth 1.75 million with the Habs. Campoli had been awarded $2.5 million in arbitration in the summer, but his former team, the Chicago Blackhawks, opted to walk away from the deal, making him a free agent.

"There's no better place to play hockey than here, so I'm very excited and fortunate," the 27-year-old said of landing with the Habs.


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