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Rumor: New Jersey Devils and Montreal Canadiens Talking Trade?

A French radio station in Montreal mentioned that perhaps the New Jersey Devils may indeed be looking to land Montreal Canadiens defenseman Chris Campoli.

Once the story hit the air it didn’t take long for it to spread on Twitter.

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The sourse of the rumor appears to be the New York Post’s Mark Everson. He writes:

“A new trade candidate has emerged—former Islander Chris Campoli, expected to be launched out of Montreal by Monday’s deadline, with a full-season salary of $1.75 million. He used to play well against New Jersey and that often appears to be a leading qualification (see Alexei Ponikarovsky).”

Campoli certainly fits the Devils need for a decent puck-moving defenseman and his price-tag would be less expensive than some of the other names on the market. Like Bryan Allen, Lubomir Vishnovsky and Jaroslav Spacek — all mentioned in the article.

However, the idea that New Jersey would interested in him because he has played well against them is…well….idiotic. But, it is the New York Post, take it for what it’s worth. Which historically is not much.

Lamoriello is going to make a good hockey deal and typically it will come out of left field. Campoli is a left-handed shot with only 45 (8g 37a) power play points over seven seasons. Not to mention he’s only played more than 60 games twice in his career. Is that really the best option for New Jersey?

Probably not. Come on…keep them rumors coming. Is it Monday yet?

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