The Canadiens have signed defenceman Chris Campoli to a one-year, $1.75 million deal on Monday, the club announced.
The signing raises doubts about the health of defenceman Andrei Markov, who suffered a setback while recovering from a knee operation.
There is also reason to be concerned about the status of P.K. Subban – afflicted with a mysterious back injury, sustained during off-season training. Subban has played in only one of the Canadiens’ five exhibition games.
The back-end picture has also been clouded by the mediocre preseason play of Yannick Weber and Russian newcomer Alexei Yemelin.
The Canadiens’ zone has been a shooting gallery through most of the preseason schedule, during which the team is 1-4.
The Why Didn’t They Keep Hamrlik? club holds its first meeting at Hurley’s, an hour before tonight’s game.
Nathan Beulieu will not be part of the team’s D picture.
The Canadiens’ 2011 first-round draft choice has been returned to the Saint John Sea-Dogs of the QMJHL.
LW Olivier Archambault and D-man Morgan Ellis also have returned to their Q teams, Drummondville and Cape Breton, respectively.
Junior-age phenom Brendan Gallagher is among the 45 players still in camp after Alexander Avtsin, Andrew Conboy, Dany Massé, Mark Mitera, Joe Stejskal, Robert Mayer and Peter Delmas were assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs, who start training camp Tuesday morning in Brossard.
Here are the team’s releases:
MONTREAL (September 26, 2011) – Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced today the signing of defenseman Chris Campoli to a one-year contract for the 2011-12 season. As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
In 2010-11, Campoli registered 21 points (4 goals, 17 assists) in 77 games with the Ottawa Senators and Chicago Blackhawks. One of his goal was scored on the powerplay and he tallied one game-winning goal. Campoli served 34 penalty minutes and totalled 84 shots on goal.
Campoli, 27, played 397 career regular season games in the NHL with the New York Islanders, Ottawa and Chicago. He has registered 135 points (33 goals, 102 assists) and 192 penalty minutes. He suited up for 18 career playoff contests, collecting five points (1 goal, 4 assists).
A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Campoli was drafted in the seventh round, 227th overall by the Islanders at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
In other news, the Canadiens announced a round of cuts on Monday:
MONTREAL (September 26, 2011) – The Montreal Canadiens announced today that three players have been reassigned to their junior team, and seven players have been assigned to the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs.
Forward Olivier Archambault (Drummondville – QMJHL), defencemen Morgan Ellis (Cape Breton – QMJHL) and Nathan Beaulieu (St. John’s – QMJHL) have been returned to their respective junior team.
Forwards Alexander Avtsin, Andrew Conboy and Dany Massé, as well as defencemen Mark Mitera and Joe Stejskal, and goaltenders Robert Mayer and Peter Delmas have been assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs.
There are still 45 players at camp, including ten players sidelined due to injuries: Andrei Markov, Hunter Bishop, Brendon Nash, David Desharnais, Lars Eller, Olivier Fortier, Louis Leblanc, Joonas Nattinen, Ryan White and Ian Schultz.
Canadiens will play tonight the sixth of their eight preseason games hosting the Boston Bruins, at the Bell Centre.
The Hamilton Bulldogs’ training camp will get underway tomorrow at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.