Wednesday, March 2, 2011
By Tracey Myers
Chris Campoli will be paired with Brian Campbell when he makes his Chicago Blackhawks debut tonight against the Calgary Flames.
Campoli got into Chicago on Tuesday night and said being part of a trade has been madness.
I must have had 200 messages on my phone, Campoli said Wednesday morning. All in all its a good opportunity for me. Im leaving a situation in Ottawa where there are no hard feelings. Im happy to move on.
Coach Joel Quenneville said Campoli, who should get some penalty-kill time in the immediate future, should be a good partner for Campbell.
They both compliment each other with agility and way they move the puck. Itll be a nice start for the both of them, Quenneville said. (Campoli) adds an ingredient we like, whether its puck possession or activation of our D. I think hell have some minutes back there as well and I think he can play in all situations.
Campoli hasnt crossed paths with many of the Blackhawks players other than Dave Bolland. Theyre both from the Toronto area and faced each other in the Ontario Hockey League; Campoli played for Erie and Bolland for London.
He was older than me so I was always young and I didnt have a big build on me. He was always a bigger guy, Bolland said. Hed give me a few stiff shoulders when we played Erie. It was always tough playing him. I think its going to be great for us.
Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson did not participate in morning skate but he will play tonight against the Flames.
Corey Crawford gets the start in goal, his ninth in a row.
Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.