2011 NHL Trade Deadline: Chicago Blackhawks Deal for Chris Campoli

Kyle WahlgrenCorrespondent IFebruary 28, 2011

NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 01:  Chris Campoli #14 of the Ottawa Senators skates in an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on February 1, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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Amongst the crowds, fans and critics have been voices calling for defensive help.  With Jordan Hendry going down in last nights victory over the Phoenix Coyotes, the front office was left little options.  Many have seen the revolving door of who is in and who is out on a game-by-game basis.

At 2:05 p.m. EST, the Blackhawks dealt Ryan Potulny (F) and a conditional second round draft pick to the Ottawa Senators.  In return, the Blackhawks acquired Chris Campoli (D) and a seventh round draft pick.

Campoli will bring more agility and experience to the possible third pairing.  His skills are comparsble to Niklas Hjalmarsson in the sense that he has great shot blocking ability and a nose for the puck. Moreover, this move provides the Blackhawks much needed depth and experience. 

Unfortunately, Campoli doesn't bring too much comfort in the sense that he has struggled statistically.  So far, he has posted three goals and 14 assists, while maintaining a -three plus/minus rating.  He will most likely step in on the third line as soon as Wednesday against Calgary.

The Blackhawks faceoff tonight against the Minnesota Wild with hopes of continuing their four-game winning streak.  With injuries hampering the defense, John Scott will most likely step in against the Wild until Campoli arrives.