Yesterday, the Chicago Blackhawks acquired Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Campoli. While Campoli certainly makes the Hawks better, the team's biggest need was a penalty killing, physical defenseman.
Let's check out the scouting report:
FLAWS: Needs to work on his defensive-zone coverage, which is spotty at best. Struggles when he has to lay on the body, and can get manhandled in front of his own net.
Sooo...how is this going to help the penalty kill? I'm confused.
Don't get me wrong. I don't hate the Campoli move. He DOES improve the team, but again, the need wasn't filled. The rumored names, Oiler's Ladislav Smid and Jim Vandermeer, would have filled the need. Neither player was traded yesterday, and the Hawks did try, but am I to believe there was not one single penalty killing d-man available? I find that hard to believe.
Regardless, the Hawks are playing as well as they have all season. We'll see just what Campoli adds Wednesday when Calgary comes to town. Let's hope he can help keep the puck out of the net.