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Brian Campbell Announced His Retirement This Morning

 

 

added 9:06am, Chicago press release is below...

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Brian Campbell Headed To Chicago

 

LeBrun also tweetes bonus in contract too.

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It Appears Brian Campbell Will Go The UFA Route

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Brian Campbell In A Contract Year

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

Even though it has been over five years since Brian Campbell joined the Panthers, he never really left Chicago.

Now in the final year of the eight-year, $57 million contract Campbell originally signed with the Blackhawks, some wonder if he’ll eventually return to play in Chicago — perhaps as early as next season.

Campbell, 36, says he hasn’t thought much about his future beyond this season, although he wants to continue playing somewhere.

That very well might be with the Panthers.

“Five years with the Panthers has gone quick, the past 15 years have gone quick,’’ said Campbell, who signed with the Blackhawks in 2008 when Florida general manager Dale Tallon was running the team.

“I have good memories here and hopefully we can cap that off and do something this year. For me, I hope to have a good year and see what happens. If I feel good, I want to keep playing. I’m feeling good on the ice right now. Those things take care of themselves.’’

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TSN’s Yost looks at the positive or negative impacts of the ‘$6 million AAV club’

TSN's Travis Yost examines the "$6 million AAV club" of defensemen's respective impacts upon their employers, and he comes to the following conclusion(s):

1. It’s difficult to really find a beef with Erik Karlsson winning last season’s Norris Trophy. His team was significantly better by all three metrics with him on the ice (each comfortably clearing our above-referenced averages for the $6-million AAV Club). What’s interesting, though, is just how similar two defencemen – Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang, and Florida’s Brian Campbell – look here. Letang was having an absolutely monstrous season for the Penguins and had the raw point totals that voters love before his season was cut short due to injury. Say what you will about his sometimes-wild, sometimes over-tempo style of play – it clearly has a beneficial impact on Pittsburgh, much like Karlsson has for Ottawa. As for Brian Campbell, I recall a time when the general consensus about his contract was “it’s a disaster, and he’s borderline untradeable”. He’s been a machine for a few years now, though it's fair to wonder if his age – he turned 36 last May – is going to start having a depreciable impact.

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Being Brian Campbell

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

An NHL player’s life is a series of moments repeated over and over.

Those moments are the punctuation marks in the narrative of their season. The sentences that tell the story of their careers.

On this morning, Florida Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell begins his narrative at his home in a residential golf complex north of Sunrise, where the Panthers play their home games, and a short drive from the team’s practice facility in Coral Springs.

His fiancée, Lauren, makes him eggs and toast, as she always does.

Campbell’s father, a retired school principal, and mother, who still works in a local bank, are visiting from the family’s home in Strathroy, Ontario, their second visit of the season.

Two cars are in the driveway, one still bearing Illinois license plates, a reminder that Campbell is relatively new to this sunny clime and to the Panthers, a team desperate to establish an identity and reward its long-suffering fans with more than the promise of tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow.

Dressed casually in a T-shirt with a Detroit Tigers baseball cap perched backward on his head, Campbell heads out for his office at the BankAtlantic Center at about 8:30 in the morning.

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Video- Big Hit Of The Night, Campbell On Marchand

Brain Campbell with a hip-check on Brad Marchand.

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Campbell Doing All The Right Things In Florida

from Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel,

A few weeks ago when the Panthers were acting like kids playing keepaway on an outdoor skating rink in Manhattan’s Central Park, no one was having more fun or more success than red-headed defenseman Brian Campbell.

Campbell always looks like he’s out for an afternoon skate in the park, but similar to all great point guards in basketball, he makes everyone around him better with his hockey IQ, skating prowess, vision and passing skills.

“Every time he steps on the ice it doesn’t seem as if he’s trying so much because it’s so easy for him, but I know a lot of hard work was behind it,’’ Panthers forward Tomas Kopecky said Wednesday, who along with teammate Kris Versteeg played with Campbell on the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup championship team two seasons ago.

“It’s like he’s got eyes behind the back of his head. He has the best vision to read the game and anticipate where the players are going to be.’‘

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Evening Line

“We want to win here, and want to do it now. When you’ve been around or know how hard it is even to get into the playoffs, and what it takes, how many points and how many games above .500, so you never want to let anyting get away. For us as a team and for all of us guys Dale brought in we want to do well for him, because he’s so good to us; that’s anoher huge issue for all of us.”

-Brian Campbell of the Florida Panthers.  Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel has more from Campbell.

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Many Thought These Contracts Would Be Impossible To Move

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

On the day the NHL season ended, if you’d listed all the contracts that absolutely positively couldn’t be dumped on anyone by the time training camps opened in September, you’d probably have settled on two: Brian Campbell’s eight-year, $56.8-million (all currency U.S.) deal with the Chicago Blackhawks and Dany Heatley’s six-year, $45-million deal with the San Jose Sharks.

Campbell’s contract came in at a $7.1-million annual average and, even though he’s coming off a decent season, it wasn’t $7.1-million worth of decent. As for Heatley, whose contract runs out in 2014 and has a cap hit of $7.5-million a season, his struggles to score in the playoffs on behalf of a Sharks team that was entertaining Stanley Cup dreams were well-documented. Heatley had had two erratic seasons under his belt in San Jose. The plans to play him with Joe Thornton stalled at the end of the first season and in 2010-11, playing with Logan Couture and Ryan Clowe, the two-time 50-goal scorer sniped just 26 times in the regular season – and his playoff numbers were worse.

Who, in his right mind, would take on those financial albatrosses? It just wasn’t going to happen – that is, until it did.

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Brian Campbell Headed To The Panthers

Numerous reports are Rostislav Olesz headed to Chicago for Brian Campbell.

Some paper work needs to be completed but you can call this a done deal.

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Brian Campbell To Columbus?

via Dan Tencer tweet,

Hearing that Brian Campbell has been dealt from Chicago to Columbus

Update 6:53pm ET: Tencer updates

Columbus Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson denies the report of acquiring Brian Campbell.

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Brian Campbell Close To Returning

via Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times,

It could only be a matter of days before defenseman Brian Campbell is back in the Blackhawks lineup.

Coach Joel Quenneville said Tuesday after practice that it’s possible Campbell will return during their two-game road trip to Minnesota and New York, which starts Saturday against the Wild. The Rangers game on Monday looks like a real option.

“Maybe on that trip, later part of it, we’re hoping,” Quenneville said. “He skated again the last couple of days. There’s good progress there. We’re anticipating, but we don’t want to it etch in stone yet.”

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Brian Campbell Out 4-5 Weeks

from Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was the bearer of bad news Saturday. But it could have been much worse.

Quenneville said defenseman Brian Campbell will be out four to five weeks with a right knee sprain.

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Candidate For Hit Of The Night

Brian Campbell catches Ville Leino with his head down.

Leino went to the dressing room and missed a few shifts before returning to action.

Watch the CBC feed.

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Booing Brian Campbell Is Wrong

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

Proof positive that no honest-to-goodness bad blood has developed yet between the San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks?

The fans here boo Brian Campbell every time he touches the puck.

Brian Campbell, for gosh sakes! The carrot-topped Chicago defenceman is a sweet skater and a nice puck-handler but he isn’t anybody’s idea of a villain. But evidently the good people of San Jose have memories like elephants, because two seasons ago — for all of two months — Campbell was a late-season rental who elected not to re-sign with the Sharks when free agency season opened.

The fans ought to throw him a parade. No knock on Campbell, who had cost the Sharks a first-rounder and winger Steve Bernier to acquire from Buffalo, but his decision to sign in Chicago that summer made San Jose GM Doug Wilson go beat the bushes for another offensive defenceman, and the result was Tampa’s Dan Boyle.

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Brian Campbell For Tim Thomas?

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

• Keep an eye on Chicago defenseman/puck-pusher Brian Campbell in the Sharks-Hawks series. He has six years left on a deal that carries a $7.14 million cap hit. By no means an easy deal to shake. But with Bruins goalie Tim Thomas carrying a $5 million cap hit for three more years, and Tuukka Rask now distinctly the No. 1, a Campbell-Thomas exchange is something the sides might explore around the June draft. Campbell, by the way, turns 31 Sunday.

• With five weeks to go before the draft, the Lightning still don’t have a CEO or GM, which could mean Jim Hammett (player personnel director) and Darryl Plandowski (head amateur scout) would make the call on Tampa’s picks, including No. 6 overall.

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Brian Campbell Back At Practice

via the CP at TSN,

Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Brian Campbell has returned to practice for the first time since he broke a collarbone and a rib after a hit from Washington’s Alex Ovechkin on March 14.

The Blackhawks initially said Campbell would miss seven or eight weeks.

Campbell says he still doesn’t have a timetable to return. He won’t play Friday when the Blackhawks open the playoffs at home against Nashville.

Chris Kuc tweeted this about an hour ago…

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he hopes defenseman Brian Campbell can return sometime during first-round series.

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Brian Campbell Not Interested In Hearing From Ovechkin

from David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune,

In regard to the official apology Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin offered after inflicting the injury that potentially ended Brian Campbell’s season and hurt the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup hopes, Campbell says thanks.

But no thanks.

And please don’t call.

“Whatever he says isn’t going to change the fact I’m not going to be playing for a little while,’’ Campbell told the Tribune in his first explanation of what happened last Sunday at the United Center. “I think the intent was there. If the intent is there, I don’t think you can really say you didn’t mean to do anything. So for me, I don’t need anything from him.’‘

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Should Ovechkin Be Suspended?

I am not going to put up a yes or no poll but rather ask you to comment and tell me if Alexander Ovechkin should/should not be suspended for his boarding call on Brian Campbell yesterday.

This from a Darren Dreger tweet this morning,

NHL is defining “boarding” now and in light of the severity of B.Campbell’s injury, Ovechkin may face suspension.

Also, Tarik El-Bashir tweeted earlier this morning,

I’m hearing the Caps have/are going to ask the NHL to rescind the major penalty assessed to Alex Ovechkin yesterday for his hit/shove.

If you want to review the hit, you can watch it here.

added 11:16am, via Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

I don’t think Alex should have received a game misconduct for that play. I don’t think he should miss our next game either. Matt Cooke didn’t get suspended or a penalty called on his hit last week, but Alex Ovechkin the league’s MVP did on that play? I don’t get it. But it is what it is. We will move on, play hard and we won’t “explain or complain”.

added 11:20am, Damien Cox tweets,

NHL had no plans to suspend Ovechkin on Sunday. If they’ve changed their minds now, Caps should appeal.

added 11:26am, from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Since Alexander Ovechkin’s previous boarding major (Patrick Kaleta) happened more than 41 games ago, there is no automatic suspension. (Crazy coincidence: Chicago was game number 42.) But, he admitted post-game that he pushed Brian Campbell - and pushing guys from behind into the boards doesn’t go over well, especially now that Campbell may be out for the rest of the regular season.

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added 11:30am, Bob McKenzie tweets,

I will be surprised if Ovechkin is not suspended for a couple of games. Campbell’s injury is the big factor now.

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Don’t Expect An Ovechkin Suspension

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun at the London Free Press,

...At the same time, don’t expect a suspension to be handed out in this matter, according to a league source.

While Ovechkin deservedly was slapped with a boarding major and game misconduct for his brain cramp, league officials know it did not contain the same type of intent or viciousness as the incident one week earlier in which the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Matt Cooke blindsided Boston’s Marc Savard, leaving the Bruins forward likely out for the season with a concussion.

By not suspending Cooke for a far more malicious act, how could the NHL justify any supplemental discipline for Ovechkin in this matter?

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Ovechkin And Boudreau Talk About The Hit On Campbell

from Lindsay Applebaum of Capitals Insider,

“I didn’t hit him hard,” Ovechkin said of Campbell, who did not return to the game. “He fell bad. But you can see, every shift this happens—little pushes, little battles.”...

Unsurprisingly, Coach Bruce Boudreau had similar thoughts. “I didn’t think it was a bad, bad check worth a five and a game [misconduct],” he said. “A two at the most, but I don’t make the calls.”

more including video of both Ovechkin and Boudreau…

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Brian Campbell Out At Least Three Games

via Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago,

Campbell left the game and has been declared out for the Hawks’ upcoming three-game road trip that begins Wednesday in Anaheim. Coach Joel Quenneville couldn’t say for sure that the injury would not affect him the rest of the season.

“We’ll see. We’ll get a better assessment as we go along here,” Quenneville said. “Soupy [Campbell] is going to be out for a bit here…It was a tough hit. A dangerous hit.”

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Ovechkin With Five For Boarding and A Game Misconcduct

Pushed Brian Campbell into the boards and is gone from the game.

Campbell was slow in getting up, may be winded or a shoulder issue and did skate off and went to the locker room.

Proper call?

added 1:26pm, video of the hit…

added 1:35pm, NBC crew says Campbell will not return.

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New Sticks Help Campbell Score

from Chris Kuc at Chicago Breaking Sports News,

There aren’t many Blackhawks who are as picky about their equipment as defenseman Brian Campbell.

So when the veteran received a new batch of sticks Wednesday morning and promptly went out and snapped a 29-game goalless skid a few hours later during the Hawks’ 3-0 victory over the Blues at the United Center, you know he is one happy hockey player.

“I got some new ones in (Wednesday),” Campbell said with a smile about his new sticks. “They came off pretty good.

“They’re a little bit different, a little bit stronger. You’re picky with everything but it’s nice to have some new weapons. The puck was zipping off them pretty good ... so it was nice.”

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Brian Campbell Looking For Consistency

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

“At the end of the year in the playoffs, I thought I had a really good run so that’s something I’m going to draw off of. That’s the way I can play and know how to play. There were ups and downs, but I did a lot of good things, too. Was it my best year? No, I wouldn’t say that, but it’s a learning experience as well.”

Being more consistent, especially in his own end, starts with skating for Campbell.

“I wasn’t moving my feet at some times last year and that just makes the biggest difference for me,” Campbell said. “I’ve always wanted to be a consistent player and felt I did that in the past. There were a few too many peaks and valleys.”

Campbell found himself trying to do too much on occasion last season to live up to his contract, which is no longer the biggest on the Hawks. Marian Hossa’s 12-year, $62.8 million deal now sits at No. 1.

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Brian Campbell Ready For Buffalo

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Campbell’s new team meets his old one tonight in the United Center, where the atmosphere will mimic that of HSBC Arena three years ago. Fans who stayed away for a generation are lining up to fill the building, standing alongside newcomers who want to be part of the ride. A bunch of kids are winning and igniting the city’s spirit, and Campbell is there to tell them how special the moment is.

“It’s a lot like Buffalo was right out of the lockout,” Campbell said Tuesday. “The only difference is this started right at the start of the year, while Buffalo took about 10 games before it just was blowing up. There’s so many similarities that I see in my head about these guys that it’s unbelievable. It’s nice to relive it again that way.”

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Brian Campbell Talks Chicago & Wings In Winter Classic

Brian Campbell participated in a tele-conference today… Q. As David mentioned, Chicago is greatly improved on the power play this year.  I think you are seventh in the league; whereas, they have not been in the top 20 in several years.  Could you talk about the effectiveness of the first unit, and talk about how the coaches worked in other partners with you on the point and what’s been working the best.

BRIAN CAMPBELL:  Well, we struggled out of the gate the first couple of games on the power play.  And I think even until we found the right mix, it took a while.  So over the last, probably 15 games maybe, we started to click pretty good.

Obviously it helps when Patty Kane is a year older and Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Sharp has his confidence going.  And obviously on the point, I’ve worked with—we found to get on the right sides and everything with Cam Barker and myself on the one unit that we are using right now.

So, you know, I think for us, we have been finding knowing our areas where to go and finding holes and we know all of our options out there, I think that’s the biggest thing about a power play is to know where your options are at all times.  For us, I don’t even have to look in a lot of instances and I know where guys are going to be in what areas.

You know, it’s good.  You need that to be a playoff team.  You need to be up there in special teams in those areas.

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It Started In Strathroy For Brian Campbell

from Brett Ballantini at ChicagoBlackhawks.com,

It’s easy to imagine the grunt from a hard check into a snow bank. Pass a garage, and you’d swear there was the loud thwack! of a tennis ball against the door. And if you listen hard enough, you can hear an argument between brothers over who gets the first half-hour in the basement, practicing slap shots and wristers.

It’s here that the town’s first and only NHL player, Brian Campbell, learned how to outhustle bigger boys, outsmart older players and outhit slower ones.

Strathroy offers a pastoral setting to newcomers. Its vast blue skies, fields blooming with soybeans, corn and wheat, and pastures brimming with cattle, mirror the smaller towns you’ll find on the outskirts of Chicago.

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Morning Line

“I’m really excited about what this club can do,” (Brian) Campbell said. “The main thing for me was going to a place that loves hockey and sells out their building and wants to win. I think the [Hawks] organization has proven that.

“This town is going to embrace us. I can’t wait for that [and] I can’t wait to show my personality to my teammates … to the fans and the media and get the excitement going in the city for the Blackhawks.”

via Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune

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Brian Campbell Signs with the Blackhawks

From RDS (French) Brian Campbell is said to have signed with the Blackhawks.

Bob McKenzie on TSN states that the deal is still being finalized.

Note: RDS was originally reporting it’s for 8 years, $7.1 million per.  That information is uncertain.

5:43pm ET: TSN is reporting the deal is definitely signed.  More to come.
5:45pm ET: Sportsnet’s tracker confirms the signing and the above salary.
5:47pm ET: TSN has a story up.

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Brian Campbell Rumors

From Michael Russo at Russo’s Rants in the Star-Tribune, a rather vague report:

A player just told me Atlanta offered Brian Campbell a contract worth $60 million. Not sure of years, but I think seven.

Make of that what you will.

Update 2:10pm ET: Bruce Garrioch throws the Blackhawks into the mix:

Campbell to Chicago?
That’s the talk. The hawks are being aggressive and are moving towards a deal.

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The Atlanta Plan

from Mike Knobler of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

His first priority? A veteran defenseman. The Thrashers ranked worst in the league last season in shots allowed and tied for worst in goals allowed. But the team won’t necessarily go after a stay-at-home defenseman.

“You can argue both sides of that,” Waddell said, adding that an offensive defenseman can help prevent shots by helping keep the puck in the other team’s zone.

The Ottawa Sun reported the Thrashers want former San Jose Sharks player Brian Campbell and could offer the 29-year-old offensive defenseman more than $7 million.

Waddell laughed when asked about that, saying he couldn’t discuss individual players and “I haven’t told anybody what we’re going to spend.”

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Many Teams Want Campbell

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Sources say the Senators believe they have a good shot at landing Campbell and he will be their No. 1 target tomorrow.

There’s talk Campbell would like to return from San Jose to the Eastern Conference—and Ottawa would be on his list.

“That’s definitely a team I’d consider,” said Campbell, enjoying the holiday weekend at his home near Strathroy. “You hear a lot of rumours and speculation about (the Senators) being interested. I know that city as well as I know Buffalo and probably better than San Jose.”...

The indications are the Rangers, Thrashers, Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Bruins and Blackhawks are all going to make a pitch. And the Sharks can’t be ruled out because Campbell feels a certain amount of loyalty toward them.

A league source said Atlanta GM Don Waddell is so determined to bring Campbell into the fold that the Thrashers might be willing to table a five-year, $42-million US deal (that’s $8.4 million a season).

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Morning Line

“People are lying if they’re saying money’s not a part of it, but it’s not all ‘let’s go to the highest bidder.’ It’s also a case of going somewhere where you’re happy, where you want to be and where they’re committed.”

-Brian Campbell

more from Campbell at Working the Corners…

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Campbell Still Interested In Sharks

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

I talked with Larry Kelly a few minutes ago. While he would not get into specifics, he did acknowledge that Campbell is being tugged in two directions as the July 1 opportunity to become an unrestricted free agent nears. And that family matters are indeed a factor.

“He loved his teammates and he really enjoyed the city,” Kelly said of Campbell’s time with the Sharks. “The biggest issue for him is to balance his own preference with something that may dictate that he be closer to home. That’s still evolving as we speak.

“We continue to talk to Doug” Wilson, Kelly added, “and we continue to talk seriously about a return to San Jose.”

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Sharks Still Talking To Campbell

from Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

Wilson said he has more conversations scheduled over the next couple days with Brian Campbell’s agent, Larry Kelly. And, yes, he said, any reports that say that Campbell has told the Sharks he will not return continue to be inaccurate — “outside speculation.”

So with nothing really to write about for tomorrow’s print edition, let me just say I was delighted when Wayne Gretzky used the 28th pick to select Viktor Tikhonov — who grew up in Los Gatos when his father, Vasily, was with the Sharks as an assistant coach and in other capacities between 1993 and 1995.

Suddenly I had a different angle, even it was only tangentially Sharks-related.

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Report: Brian Campbell Heading to UFA

From Bruce Garrioch in Off the Post,

Defenceman Brian Campbell will be going to the unrestricted free agent market. [...]

Campbell has informed the Sharks he won’t be back.

read on… for updates on Shean Donovan and the Sens

Mind you, I’ve not been Garrioch’s biggest fan today.

Update 4:28pm ET: I’ve changed the title of this post to add “Report.”  According to David Pollak at the Mercury News Sharks blog, GM Doug Wilson is meeting with Campbell’s agent this afternoon.

Update 9:05pm ET: Pollak updated his blog post with this comment:

Doug Wilson is totally denying the report on the Ottawa Sun blog site that Brian Campbell has told the Sharks he will not be returning. Wilson said he talked with Campbell today and is having dinner with agent Larry Kelly tonight, and that negotiations are continuing.

“Tremendously false,” Wilson called the report that Campbell had told the Sharks he would not re-sign with them. “The accurate report is that we’ve got a scheduled discussion on this negotiation tonight and tomorrow. Nothing has changed that.”

Quite the day Garrioch is having today…

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Deadline Moves

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

So we will wait to annoint Brian Campbell as the second-coming of Paul Coffey in San Jose until we see how far the 106-point Sharks go this spring. But right now the former Buffalo Sabres defenceman is clearly the best addition any team made on Feb. 26 or in the leadup to the deadline.

You can make a case for goalie Cristobal Huet in Washington (8-2, 1.83 average) and Joe Corvo (18 points in 20 games, plus-6) in Carolina, too, but Campbell has given the NHL’s hottest team exactly what they needed—a blueliner who could easily transport the puck up ice and run the power play.

He’s got 16 points in 17 games which gives him 59 points on the year, third most for defencemen after Nicklas Lidstrom’s 66 and Sergei Gonchar’s 62, and is also plus-10 in San Jose

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Campbell Could Cash In

from Lyle Richardson at the Hockey News,

Now that he’s with the Sharks and a pending UFA, Campbell’s contract value certainly rise above the $25-million deal he reportedly sought from the Sabres. It has been speculated Wilson could get Campbell signed to a five-year, $30-million deal. Elsewhere, Campbell might command a $7 million per season offer.

The New York Rangers, Chicago, Atlanta, Carolina, Colorado, New Jersey and Los Angeles could be interested in Campbell and all have the available cap space to bid for his services.

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Campbell Just Thinking Hockey

from Ross McKeon at Yahoo Sports,

“This season is going to get played out,” said Campbell, who appeared in his 400th game Friday. “It’s nothing against nobody; I just need to be in the best frame of mind to play my best hockey, and by leaving that on the back burner is the best for me.

“It bothered me a lot in Buffalo – it just got to me so much that it affected my play,” he added. “There’s too much at stake, too much on the line, and it’s not fair to me or the guys in the locker room probably. I haven’t heard anything anyway.”

He hasn’t heard anything from the Sharks, but in this case actions speak louder than words. San Jose has had success keeping talent from wandering off.

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Why San Jose Wanted Campbell

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Sharks Have Cap Room For Campbell

from Victor Chi of the Sporting News via Yahoo,

The Sharks should be able to offer Campbell the two most important enticements for a free agent: Money and success. They have the salary-cap space to accommodate him, and the team is positioned to be competitive for several seasons—- Joe Thornton and Jonathan Cheechoo are signed through 2011.

San Jose’s ace, though, might be the Ottawa connection. Campbell and GM Doug Wilson both played junior hockey under legendary Ottawa 67s coach Brian Kilrea. Wilson often cites Kilrea as one of the most important influences in his life, and the alumni network of 67s is tight. He believes in the way Kilrea develops hockey skills and character, and his track record with the Sharks is a reflection of that.

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Promoting Campbell

from Brian Milner of the Globe and Mail,

While the Sharks’ general manager was making a big splash with his acquisition of all-star defenceman Brian Campbell from the Buffalo Sabres, Malcolm Bordelon, the executive vice-president of business operations, was working behind the scenes to set in motion a marketing strategy for the team’s newest prized asset.

Within hours, the team had replica jerseys in its store and was ready with a few T-shirts and player pucks, Bordelon said between meetings after the big trade.

The team website also featured a photo montage of Campbell in action (as a Sabre and an all-star), as well as backup goaltender Brian Boucher, the team’s less illustrious acquisition on trade day.

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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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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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