Defenseman Chris Campoli passes the puck around the Islanders' Zenon Konopka. (US Presswire)
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Blackhawks acquired defenseman Chris Campoli in a trade with the Ottawa Senators on Monday.
The Hawks sent minor-leaguer Ryan Potulny and a conditional second-round draft pick in 2011 for Campoli, who is a restricted free agent in the final year of a $1.4 million contract. The Hawks receive a conditional seventh-round pick along with Campoli, who had three goals and 11 assists in 58 games with Ottawa.
"I'm pretty excited to be joining the Chicago Blackhawks," Campoli told TSN. "It's a young core group that's had a lot of success, so that's exciting. My game is skating, moving the puck and chipping in on the offensive side. It looks like a good fit."
General manager Stan Bowman has expressed his desire to acquire a defenseman to add depth and that became even more important when Hawks blueliner Jordan Hendry suffered an apparent left knee injury on Sunday night. There hasn't been an update on the severity of the injury Monday.
The trade deadline was at 2 p.m. Central. Deals are often announced long after the deadline as a deluge of trades can get backed up at the NHL office.
Campoli ranked third on the Senators with 70 blocked shots and second with 73 hits. The Mississauga, Ontario, native has 128 points (32 goals, 96 assists) and 190 penalty minutes in 378 career regular-season games. He also had four points (goal, three assists) in 11 postseason games over parts of seven NHL seasons with Ottawa (2009-11) and the New York Islanders (2005-09).
Originally selected by the Islanders in the seventh round (227th overall) in the 2004 Hockey League Entry Draft, Campoli was honored as the 2004 Canadian Major Junior Humanitarian Player of the Year as a member of the OHL's Erie Otters.
Potulny, 26, was scoreless in three NHL games with the Hawks this season and had 41 points (18 goals, 23 assists) in 58 games with the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs.