Morning mishmash: No city for old Sens, HNIC schedule

It was only two and a half years ago that the Ottawa Senators thought Chris Campoli was the puck-moving defenceman they’d been waiting for. Back then there was no Erik Karlsson, no Sergei Gonchar, and getting out of their own zone was an almost comical undertaking.

It was only two and a half years ago that the Ottawa Senators thought Chris Campoli was the puck-moving defenceman they’d been waiting for. Back then there was no Erik Karlsson, no Sergei Gonchar, and getting out of their own zone was an almost comical undertaking. Campoli arrived along with Mike Comrie from the New York Islanders, in exchange for Dean McAmmond and a first-round draft pick.

Of course, things never did work out the way Bryan Murray planned and Campoli was shipped to the Chicago Blackhawks late last season in the Every Sen Must Go sale that also divested the team of Mike Fisher, Chris Kelly and others.

Campoli couldn’t turn that Windy City stint into anything more however, and he’s now without a contract and without a team.

Still in the prime of his career at 27, he told the Toronto Star he isn’t all that worried about possibly having to play in Europe if no NHL wants him. He apparently has ‘irons in the fire.’

“I’m a confident guy. I’m confident in my ability as a player and what I’ve accomplished in my career. But being unsigned is part of the business of being a professional hockey player. At the end of the day, as a player, you have to remember that this is a business. All you can do is control how you prepare to be a professional player.” Read more here.

Campoli didn’t exactly excel here and certainly isn’t worth the $2.5 million arbitrated contract that the ‘Hawks walked away from, but it wouldn’t be surprising to land somewhere before NHL camps open next month.

While Campoli is done with Chicago, ex-Ottawa goalie Ray Emery is trying to stick there. He was invited to try out, though he may not have the inside track. Young Czech keeper Alexander Salak recently signed a two-year deal with the team.

It’s a little surprising Emery couldn’t do better than a PTO at this point. Sure he’s recently undergone major hip surgery and had some attitude problems in the past, but he has also taken a team to the Stanley Cup finals and went 7-2-0 with a .926 save percentage in 10 games with the Anaheim Ducks last season. A gamble yes, but one with potential No. 1 goalie upside.

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The Hockey Night in Canada schedule is out and the big winner is…the Montreal Canadiens, who appear in 28 contests this season. Toronto is next at 26 with the Winnipeg Jets landing in 22. The Senators are the least-favoured eastern team, appearing in 20 HNIC games this season.

Here’s the full sked:

Saturday, September 24
7 p.m. ET      Toronto at Buffalo- Pre Season
10 p.m. ET    Anaheim at Vancouver- Pre Season

Monday, September 26
4 p.m. ET       Kraft Hockeyville: Winnipeg Jets vs. Ottawa Senators

Saturday, October 1
7 p.m. ET       Detroit at Toronto-Pre Season
10 p.m. ET     Edmonton at Vancouver- Pre Season

Thursday, October 6
7 p.m. ET          Montreal at Toronto
10 p.m. ET        Pittsburgh at Vancouver

Saturday, October 8
6:30 p.m. ET    Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET          Ottawa at Toronto
10 p.m. ET       Pittsburgh at Calgary

Sunday, October 9
5 p.m. ET          Montreal at Winnipeg

Saturday, October 15
6:30 p.m. ET    Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET    Calgary at Toronto
7 p.m. ET         Colorado at Montreal
7 p.m. ET          Ottawa at Washington
7 p.m. ET    Winnipeg at Phoenix
10 p.m. ET        Vancouver at Edmonton

Saturday, October 22
6:30 p.m. ET    Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET    Toronto at Montreal
7 p.m. ET    Columbus at Ottawa
7 p.m. ET    Carolina at Winnipeg
10 p.m. ET        NYR at Edmonton

Saturday, October 29
3 p.m. ET         Ottawa at NYR
6:30 p.m. ET    Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET    Pittsburgh at Toronto
7 p.m. ET     Boston at Montreal
7 p.m. ET    Winnipeg at Tampa Bay
10 p.m ET        Washington at Vancouver

Saturday, November 5
6:30 p.m. ET    Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET    Boston at Toronto
7 p.m. ET     Montreal at NYR
7 p.m. ET    Buffalo at Ottawa
7 p.m. ET    Winnipeg at New Jersey
10pm ET        Edmonton at Phoenix

Saturday, November 12
6:30 p.m. ET    Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET    Ottawa at Toronto
7 p.m. ET    Montreal at Nashville
7 p.m. ET    Winnipeg at Columbus
10 p.m. ET        Calgary at Colorado

Saturday, November 19
3 p.m. ET         Philadelphia at Winnipeg
6:30 p.m. ET    Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET    Washington at Toronto
7 p.m. ET    NYR at Montreal
10 p.m. ET        Chicago at Edmonton

Saturday, November 26
6:30 p.m. ET    Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET    Pittsburgh at Montreal
7 p.m. ET     Edmonton at Colorado
7 p.m. ET    Winnipeg at Boston
10 p.m. ET        Vancouver at San Jose

Saturday, December 3
3:30 p.m. ET     Montreal at Los Angeles
6:30 p.m. ET    Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET    Toronto at Boston
7 p.m. ET    Ottawa at Washington
7 p.m. ET    New Jersey at Winnipeg
10 p.m. ET        Calgary at Edmonton

Saturday, December 10
1 p.m. ET    Montreal at New Jersey
6:30 p.m. ET    Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET     Vancouver at Ottawa
7 p.m. ET     Winnipeg at Detroit
10 p.m. ET         Edmonton at Calgary

Saturday, December 17
6:30 p.m. ET    Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET     Vancouver at Toronto
7 p.m. ET      New Jersey at Montreal
7 p.m. ET      Anaheim at Winnipeg
10 p.m. ET         Edmonton at San Jose

Saturday, December 31
6:30 p.m. ET    Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET     Toronto at Winnipeg
7 p.m. ET     Ottawa at Buffalo
7 p.m. ET     Montreal at Florida
10 p.m. ET         Vancouver at Los Angeles

Monday, January 2
1 p.m. ET        New York Rangers at Philadelphia

Saturday, January 7
6:30 p.m. ET    Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET     Detroit at Toronto
7 p.m. ET     Tampa Bay at Montreal
7 p.m. ET     Winnipeg at Buffalo
10 p.m. ET         Minnesota at Calgary

Saturday, January 14
3 p.m. ET            New Jersey at Winnipeg
6:30 p.m. ET    Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET      NYR at Toronto
7 p.m. ET      Ottawa at Montreal
10 p.m. ET    Los Angeles at Calgary

Saturday, January 21
6:30 p.m. ET    Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET      Montreal at Toronto
7 p.m. ET      Florida at Winnipeg
10 p.m. ET    Calgary at Edmonton

Saturday, January 28
7 p.m. ET      All-Star Super Skills

Sunday, January 29            TBA
59th NHL All-Star Game

Saturday, February 4
2 p.m. ET            Washington at Montreal
6:30 p.m. ET    Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET       Toronto at Ottawa
10 p.m. ET     Detroit at Edmonton

Sunday, February 5
2 p.m. ET         Winnipeg at Montreal

Saturday, February 11         Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada
2 p.m. ET             Winnipeg at Pittsburgh
2 p.m. ET         Edmonton at Ottawa
6:30 p.m. ET    Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET       Montreal at Toronto
10 p.m. ET     Vancouver at Calgary

Saturday, February 18
6:30 p.m. ET    Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET       Toronto at Vancouver
10 p.m. ET     Calgary at Los Angeles

Sunday, February 19             6 p.m. ET             New Jersey at Montreal

Saturday, February 25
2 p.m. ET            St. Louis at Winnipeg
6:30 p.m. ET    Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET       Washington at Toronto
7 p.m. ET      Boston at Ottawa
10 p.m. ET     Philadelphia at Calgary

Thursday, March 1
7 p.m. ET       Minnesota at Montreal

Saturday, March 3
6:30 p.m. ET    Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET       Toronto at Montreal
10 p.m. ET     Buffalo at Vancouver

Saturday, March 10
6:30 p.m. ET    Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET       Buffalo at Ottawa
7 p.m. ET       Philadelphia at Toronto
10 p.m. ET     Montreal at Vancouver

Friday, March 16
7 p.m. ET       Montreal at Ottawa

Saturday, March 17
6:30 p.m. ET    Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET       Toronto at Ottawa
7 p.m. ET       NYI at Montreal
10 p.m. ET     Columbus at Vancouver

Saturday, March 24
6:30 p.m. ET    Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET       NYR at Toronto
7 p.m. ET       Pittsburgh at Ottawa
7 p.m. ET      Winnipeg at Nashville
7 p.m. ET       Montreal at Philadelphia
10 p.m. ET     Vancouver at Colorado

Saturday, March 31
1 p.m. ET           Ottawa at Philadelphia
6:30 p.m. ET     Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET        Buffalo at Toronto
7 p.m. ET       Montreal at Washington
7 p.m. ET        Winnipeg at Tampa Bay
10 p.m. ET      Calgary at Vancouver

Saturday, April 7
3 p.m. ET         Ottawa at New Jersey
6:30 p.m. ET    Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7 p.m. ET       Toronto at Montreal
7 p.m. ET       Tampa Bay at Winnipeg
10 p.m. ET     Edmonton at Vancouver

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