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Bernier Welcomed In Buffalo

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Bernier quickly learned that Buffalo is a true hockey city, a drastic change from his two-plus seasons in the Silicon Valley. The right winger could have gone a decade in San Jose without anyone greeting him in public. Here he was, a new face in a foreign place, recognizable and enjoying his first taste of Buffalo.

“Oh, my God,” Bernier said Thursday. “I don’t think I could explain it. I was in shock. When I was in the plane, I was nervous. It was a big trade and I knew Buffalo lost a very good player. I didn’t know how the fans were going to respond to that. It made me feel so good when I saw that. It took a lot of weight away from me.”

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Campbell Has One Last Request

from Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News,

Brian Campbell’s last message to Sabres fans was a simple one, and it came from the heart.

“Don’t boo me when I come back,” the defenseman said this afternoon shortly after being traded to the San Jose Sharks.

Campbell fought back tears but also chuckled with reporters as he discussed the trade. He was sent to San Jose along with a seventh-round draft pick in exchange for 22-year-old right wing Steve Bernier and a first-round pick.

“It’s life changing,” Campbell said in HSBC Arena.

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Report- Campbell Could Play His Last Game In Buffalo

from the Buffalo News,

Buffalo Sabres fans attending tonight’s game should say goodbye to Brian Campbell.

The News has learned the game against Philadelphia is expected to be Campbell’s final one in Blue and Gold. A trade before Tuesday’s 3 p.m. deadline will end an eight-year run for the defenseman.

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Campbell Hopes To Be Involved In Sabres Playoff Push

from the Buffalo News,

The Buffalo Sabres defenseman skated with his teammates in the Amherst Pepsi Center this morning, two days before the NHL trade deadline. Campbell was optimistic the deadline will come and he won’t go.

“Yeah, that’s the only way I can look at it, though,“he said. “I can’t look at it any other way. I think we’re still in a playoff spot or we’re close, and we’ve got a lot of work to do. It’s not going to be easy, and I hope I can be around for that.”

Campbell also said, “We’ll see what happens over the next couple months,” meaning from his standpoint, the trade deadline is not a contract deadline. He will be an unrestricted free agent July 1.

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Sabres Latest Offer To Campbell May Not Be Enough

from TSN,

The Buffalo Sabres and defenceman Brian Campbell are still a ways apart on a new contract, as the veteran defenceman and his agent Larry Kelly are expected to turn down the team’s latest multi-year offer.

Sources told TSN that the deal, offered Wednesday, is a three-year contract averaging less than $6 million a season.

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Sabres Keep Working To Sign Campbell

from the Buffalo News,

Regier said discussions remain open between the Sabres and Larry Kelly, Campbell’s Ottawa- based agent.

“We continue to communicate, have spoken over the last couple of days and I expect we will again over the next few days,” Regier said. “Money and terms have been discussed.”

Asked if he felt it’s still possible to work out a deal instead of trading Campbell, Regier said, “Too early to tell, believe it or not. We’ll just keep working on it. I am hopeful because that’s what I should be. I should be hopeful and hopefully it works out.”

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Morning Line

from Sabres Edge,

(Lindy) Ruff, on whether the trade rumors are dogging his team: “It’s part of the game, part of the rumor mill. It can affect a few players. But you focus on the fact we’ve lost one of our last 11. If it was bugging us, it should have been bugging us [before]. The rumors will come up and you guys will make up rumors—which you guys are usually good at. And I’ve told them not to listen to you guys so they know better.”

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The Sabres Economic Plan

from WBEN,

WBEN hockey analyst Jim Kelley says the Campbell question comes down to a broader issue of money and whether Sabres owner Tom Golisano wants to make it or save it.

A shot at the playoffs mean a few more home games, and more money, but Kelley says the million dollar question is whether that is worth it, as part of the team’s economic plan.

“You make a couple of million bucks with a home win… and that’s a significant part of the bottom line, ” Kelley tells WBEN’s Steve Cichon, adding that the long term future of players like Campbell are directly tied to whether the team can afford to look long or short term….

“It comes down to what your priorities are, ” Kelly says, adding that the lack of a clear signal has started rumours churning, that say Golisano could be looking to sell the team.

He stresses that they are rumors only, but ones that raise the broader philosophical question about team spending.

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Decision Time Nearing

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Atlanta GM Don Waddell has to deal with the Marian Hossa situation.

Buffalo GM Darcy Regier has to deal with the Bryan Campbell situation.

And the situations are close to identical.

Both GMs are holding out hope, albeit faint, of signing those players before the trade deadline on Feb. 26 or even the July 1 date when they both are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents.

But, while neither can or will say this publicly, the sense in Atlanta and Buffalo is both players are not going to sign before the trade deadline.

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Campbell Wants To Stay In Buffalo

from the Buffalo News,

Defenseman Brian Campbell reiterated today that he hopes the Buffalo Sabres do not move him before the NHL trade deadline and, in fact, said he’s still hopeful of working out a new contract with the team.

Asked after the team’s pregame skate in Scotiabank Place if he expects to be with the Sabres next year, Campbell’s answer was, “That’s what I fully expect.”

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