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Senators send Campoli to Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks added defensive depth for a playoff push ahead of Monday's NHL trade deadline, dealing for Chris Campoli of the Ottawa Senators.

The Chicago Blackhawks added defensive depth for a playoff push ahead of Monday's NHL trade deadline, dealing for Chris Campoli of the Ottawa Senators.

Besides Campoli, the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks receive a conditional seventh-round pick for centre Ryan Potulny and a reported 2011 second-rounder in this summer's entry draft.

McElhinney in, Lehner farmed out

The Ottawa Senators on Monday announced goaltender Robin Lehner had been re-assigned to Binghamton of the American Hockey League.

Lehner had been acting as a backup to Craig Anderson, who was acquired from Colorado for goaltender Brian Elliott on Feb. 18.

Senators general manager Bryan Murray wants Lehner in the minors where he can play instead of sitting on an NHL bench

The move is a clear indication that Anderson will be the go-to guy in Ottawa's net and possibly in the future as the Senators continue to groom Lehner.

"I've been treated with great respect here and so far everything about Ottawa has been unbelievable," said Anderson. "It's definitely a place where I could see myself playing for a long time."

Ottawa also announced it had claimed Curtis McElhinney off waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

McElhinney went 6-9-1 in a career-high 21 appearances with the Ducks this season to go with a 3.43 GAA, .890 save percentage and two shutouts.

— The Canadian Press

Chicago entered Monday's action in seventh spot in the Western Conference standings with 72 points.

Campoli, 26, had three goals and 14 points this season for the Senators, who also dealt forwards Chris Kelly and Alex Kovalev in the days leading up to the deadline, while re-signing defenceman Chris Phillips to a three-year contract extension on Sunday night.

Between the Phillips signing and Ottawa's youth movement, Campoli wasn't shocked by the trade.

"I thought it was a good possibility, especially after seeing Philly [Phillips] sign last night," Campoli told cable sports network TSN. "I spoke to my agent and he thought there was a good fit for me to be moved and once that happened you could see the writing on the wall."

Campoli is excited to be joining the reigning Stanley Cup champions.

"My game is skating, moving the puck and chipping it in the offensive side," said Campoli. "It looks like a good fit where I'll be able to do that and play to my strengths."

Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman was thought to be seeking a blue-liner before Jordan Hendry went down with an injury in Sunday's 4-3 shootout win over Phoenix.

He was hurt 2:47 into the third period after taking hit from Coyotes forward Shane Doan. Hendry tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will have reconstructive surgery soon. Recovery time is about six months.

Fellow Blackhawks rearguards Duncan Keith ad Niklas Hjalmarsson are also on the limp. Keith finished Sunday's game despite hurting his shin/ankle in the third period, while Hjalmarsson reportedly is nursing an undisclosed upper-body injury.

Potulny had 32 points with the Edmonton Oilers last season but was held pointless in three games with the Blackhawks this season. He had 18 goals and 41 points in 58 games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

According to Senators' GM Bryan Murray, Potulny will spend the rest of the season with the Senators and not in the minors.