Chris Campoli of the Ottawa Senators was traded to the Blackhawks for Ryan Potulny (who has been toiling in Rockford this year) and a conditional second-round draft pick. The Blackhawks also get a conditional seventh-round draft pick in return.
This trade probably would have not gone down if not for the news about Jordan Hendry today. According to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago, it looks like Hendry is done for the time being with a serious knee injury, which he incurred in last night’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes. He was checked into the boards by Shane Doan less than three minutes into the third period and was helped off the ice.
My initial thoughts? Since Campoli is a replacement for Hendry, expectations are low. He’ll be the 6th defenseman, so as long as he can kind of skate and kind of keep the puck away from the net, we’ll be fine.
EDIT: It’s just as we feared — Hendry is out for the rest of the season. Here’s the official word from the Blackhawks’ head team physician, Dr. Michael Terry:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Jordan injured his left knee last night during a collision into the boards and has sustained an ACL tear. He will undergo reconstructive surgery shortly and we anticipate a full recovery in approximately six months.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The news breaks my heart a little — especially since he’s up for free agency in the summer. Who’s going to take a chance on a 6th d-man with a busted knee? Poor guy.