The Ottawa Senators have pried a conditional second-round pick and a minor-league player out of the Chicago Blackhawks for defenceman Chris Campoli.
The Senators got a conditional second-round pick and minor leaguer Ryan Potulny in return for Campoli, who was widely rumoured as trade bait in recent weeks. Also going to Chicago is a seventh-round draft pick from the Sens.
Campoli or fellow D-man Filip Kuba had to be moved after the club signed defenceman Chris Phillips as the Senators shed salary and veterans in an effort to begin rebuilding the team. Campoli said he hadn’t heard about the deal and was waiting for confirmation.
“It’s exciting, a Stanley Cup-winning team, I know they’ve struggled but they’re in a good position,” said Campoli. “I enjoyed playing in Ottawa. It’s good for me, I didn’t really want to leave.
"I thought when a guy like (Chris Phillips) signed I was going to be moved. I knew this could happen. (Chicago) is a great offensive team."
The Senators now have five picks in the first two rounds if they get a second-round pick.
Meanwhile, Curtis McElhinney is expected to become the sixth goalie to suit up for the Senators this season.
Ottawa GM Bryan Murray claimed the 27-year-old McElhinney off waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning, which will prompt the team to return teenage prospect Robin Lehner back to Binghamton.
McElhinney, a London native, was the sixth round pick of the Calgary Flames in 2002. He hopes to get in some action down the stretch and turn this into a tryout for 2011.
"As far as I know, the opportunity is there," he told TSN. "It's more or less a tryout (for next season). I need to go in there and establish my worth."
He has a NHL career record of 15-22-4 over 60 appearances with Calgary and Anaheim. The 6-foot-2, 197-pounder had six wins and two shutouts with the Ducks this season before being dealt to Tampa Feb. 24 for goalie Dan Ellis.
The Senators expect to get three injured players - Sergei Gonchar, Chris Neil and Jesse Winchester - for Tuesday’s game at Scotiabank against the Boston Bruins. Game-day decisions will be made on Matt Carkner and Milan Michalek, both of who have lower body injuries.
While the Senators have won three of their last four games, the Bruins have won all five games they’ve played on their current road trip.
Elsewhere, Pascal Leclaire cleared NHL waivers today and will remain with the Binghamton Senators. That's no surprise, because the oft-injured goalie carries a stiff salary for any team which might have been willing to take a chance on him.