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UFA Assessments: Staubitz & Campoli
UFA Assessments: Staubitz & Campoli(2012-06-04 17:44 posted by B. La Rose)

After a last place finish in the 2011-12 season, new GM Marc Bergevin has a lot of work cut out for him.  Not only does he have to prepare for the upcoming draft but the club has to make decisions on the 28 players whose contracts expire on July 1st.  This is the final article of our series discussing some of the pending unrestricted free agents.

A pair of depth players round up the very small list of unrestricted free agents that the Habs have in July.  Brad Staubitz and Chris Campoli both had their fair share of struggles this past season but both also bring elements to the table that could make them worth keeping around.  Are those elements alone enough to warrant them staying though?

Chris Campoli

Inside the Numbers

The 2011-12 season yielded the lowest point total of Campoli's career as he picked up just 11 points in 43 games.  On the positive side, he had more powerplay points than the previous season while his 8 PIMS were a career low.  Part of the significant drop in his point total can be attributed to his ice time; his 17:12 ATOI was nearly two full minutes below his average in 2010-11.

Argument to keep him

Campoli's discipline was a pleasant surprise while his mobility is still an asset.  I think that missing most of training camp and a good chunk of the start of the season due to injury put him in too deep of a hole to climb out of so to speak.  A new coach, a new system, and actually starting on time will almost assuredly bring out a better player than Campoli was for Montreal.

Argument to let him go

It would be hard to justify bringing him back based on the sub-par season he had.  There's also the question of where would he fit in.  Full seasons out of Andrei Markov and Tomas Kaberle mean powerplay time would be nearly impossible to get while the Habs would be better off letting a player like Raphael Diaz or Yannick Weber stay in the lineup instead of sitting them to make room for him.

Market value

Having Chicago walk away from his arbitration award before even seeing what it was coupled with his poor season has thrown his value into the tank.  Forget about seeking term and big money, something quite a few defencemen will get considering how weak the market is.  Campoli at best should get a one year deal and will have to take a pay cut from the $1.75 M he earned with Montreal.

Prediction

I don't see any scenario where he is back with the Canadiens for this upcoming season.  I think he will get a cheap, one year NHL deal somewhere but as was the case this year, he'll be waiting a good chunk of the offseason before he gets one.

Brad Staubitz

Inside the Numbers

Like Campoli, it was a career worse season offensively for the enforcer.  He had just one point (an empty net goal in the final game of the season) in 62 games split between Minnesota and Montreal.  He even went pointless in his AHL stint after he cleared waivers while his -5 rating in four games down there equalled his rating in the NHL.  His PIM per game average also dropped to below 2.0 per game for the first time in his career, in large part due to the fact he only took 17 minor penalties compared to 29 in 2010-11.

Argument to keep him

Unlike most Habs, he was willing and able to drop the gloves with anyone who challenged him.  Also unlike most Habs, he actually won the odd fight which helped to not swing the momentum in the opponents' direction, a regular occurrence in recent seasons.  For a pure enforcer, his skating is better than average as well.

Argument to let him go

Let's not kid ourselves, Staubitz is a goon first and a hockey player second.  Although it's hard to secure the rare players who can fight and take a regular shift, there are enforcers out there who can bring a bit more to the table offensively.  His departure from Minnesota is also concerning, he was waived after more or less backing down from fights that could have changed the momentum at important points in the game.  We didn't see that with the Habs but he was also playing for a new contract, that level of complacency could be concerning.

Market value

With the likes of George Parros, Zenon Konopka, Cam Janssen, Brian McGrattan, Jay Rosehill, and Krys Barch all hitting the UFA market, there is no shortage of pure goons out there.  That, coupled with the fact that every team in the league passed on him for free when he cleared waivers last year means he doesn't have much of a leg to stand on when it comes to demands.  Like most of the above players, his value is a one year deal at or around the league minimum salary.

Prediction

If the Habs decide that they want to carry a pure enforcer around full time, they may very well decide to tender Staubitz an offer for one year at a low salary.  If the Habs don't sign him, he, like Campoli, could find himself waiting until the bitter end to find the job (he may have to go in on a tryout basis somewhere).  Yes, most Hab fans like him because he could actually fight but especially this year, those guys are a dime a dozen.  There's no need to overpay to keep him nor is there one to lock him up now.





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