Comrie

 

Ottawa has traded San Jose's first round pick and Dean McAmmond to the Islanders for Mike Comrie and Chris Campoli.

 

 

Ottawa gets:  some salary in Comrie, who is a UFA this summer. He is also a second-line scoring presence of the same ilk as Antoine Vermette and Mike Fisher. Perhaps he can turn his season around as Vermette seems to be doing. The key to this deal is the puck-moving defenseman Campoli. His contract is cheap and he has good offensive skills. Better than Alexandre Picard, Brian Lee or Filip Kuba? Perhaps a little, but I doubt it.

 

The Islanders get: money saved in the loss of Comrie, an easy contract in McAmmond (who is also a UFA this summer) and a great pick (though late in the first round) for giving up Campoli - whose offense not only is easily replaced (by the likes of Streit, Gervais, Meyer and Hillen), but he is a minus-20 on the season.

 

Fantasy Players Impacted: Jesse Winchester will start getting scratched now. He was a second line player by default, due to his decent skills and low salary. He would have been best served with a year in the AHL. Perhaps he'll go there now. Ryan Shannon is probably back out of the mix as well. This will hurt Picard in the short-term, until the Sens see what kind of player in Campoli they have. I can see a small boost in Campoli's numbers in the short term.

 

The biggest jump will be Comrie. He was treated like a third-liner in Long Island, which is a little harsh. He was a 50-point player his last tour of duty in Ottawa, which would give him about 18-20 points going forward this season.

 


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