Two weeks ago, Bryan Murray said he would do everything he could to make the Ottawa Senators better in the short term, and on Friday he made good on that promise.
The Senators general manager reacquired centre Mike Comrie and much-needed puck-moving defenceman Chris Campoli from the New York Islanders for centre Dean McAmmond and a first-round draft pick.
Comrie and Campoli are expected to be in the lineup Saturday when Ottawa visits Montreal for a Hockey Day in Canada matinee (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 3 p.m. ET).
The 2009 first-rounder heading to the Islanders originally belonged to San Jose, which included the pick in the Andrej Meszaros-Filip Kuba trade with the Senators on Aug. 29, 2008.
Comrie, 28, played 61 games in Ottawa during the 2006-07 season, including 20 playoff contests, en route to a Stanley Cup final appearance against Anaheim.
"It's an exciting place to play and a great group of guys and I'm obviously thrilled about the opportunity to play on a great team," said Comrie.
With just 141 goals so far, the Senators, traditionally one of the NHL's highest-scoring teams prior to this year, rank second-last in the Eastern Conference and it's a big reason for their 22-26-9 record and 11th-place standing.
"We haven't been a very good offensive team and we're getting two guys with that ability," said Murray.
In 41 games this season, Comrie has seven goals and 20 points. The Edmonton native missed 17 contests in November because of a hip injury.
Comrie, making $4 million this season, is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Originally selected by the Oilers in the third round (91st overall) of the 1999 NHL entry draft, Comrie has also spent time with the Philadelphia Flyers and Phoenix Coyotes.
The Senators picked him up from Phoenix on Jan. 3, 2007, for centre Alexei Kaigorokov.
Much of the talk around Ottawa this year has been about the team's need for a puck-moving defenceman following the departures of Wade Redden and Meszaros and the Senators think the 24-year-old Campoli, in his fourth season, fits the bill.
Campoli nets 23 points in 51 games
He had spent his entire career in Long Island and is under contract through next season at a reasonable $675,000.
Campoli has six goals and 23 points in 51 games this season, his fourth with the Islanders.
"Obviously, we feel we've acquired a defenceman that will give us the skill at the back that we've been talking about all year," Murray said. "He's young, he's mobile, he plays power-play, he makes a good first pass. We feel he can bring some good play to our team."
Campoli, who hails from Mississauga, Ont., has already tied a single-season high with two game-winning goals and a short-handed marker.
"I'm going to a place where hockey's a big market and it's a good hockey team," said Campoli. "They're trying to make a push for the playoffs and I'm going to add to that and Mike as well. We can contribute to that and hopefully put them over the edge or get them close."
McAmmond, who spent parts of the past three seasons in Ottawa, joins his eighth NHL team.
The 35-year-old forward has played 916 regular-season games, collecting 176 goals and 246 assists for 422 points.
McAmmond registered 26 goals and 58 points with the Senators.
With the March 4 trade deadline approaching, Murray said more moves could still be coming.
"We have to decide with a few of our [unrestricted free agents] what they want to do and what we want to do with them," he said.