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Should Sharks fans boo Brian Campbell?

May 18, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

soupy2.jpgFor a scant two months two seasons ago, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell patrolled the San Jose Sharks blueline. His occasional spin-o-ramas and useful offensive skills were a breath of fresh air for what was then a mostly rugged D core at the Shark Tank. (Of course, the team one-upped Campbell by the next season when they acquired high-scoring defenseman Dan Boyle)

Campbell wore teal for what seemed like a blink of an eye, but Sharks devotees haven’t forgotten. How does Campbell and anyone with a set of ears know that? Because those fans boo him every time he touches the puck. Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun has more.

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.

And if the Shark faithful can’t figure out that’s an upgrade, they’re not as smart as they think they are, here in the most underrated hockey market in the National Hockey League.

I couldn’t agree more. While I think that both rush-leaders come at a hefty price, Boyle’s even lighter on the Sharks’ soon-to-be-troubled salary cap than his ginger counterpart. (Campbell is making about $7.1 million per year, compared to Boyle’s $6.6 million hit.) When you consider the fact that Boyle is, frankly, quite a bit superior to Campbell then what is there to complain about?

Then again, fans can often be as silly as they are sophisticated. Any goalie with a two syllable last name will receive a derisive chant, even if they’re dominating a game. (Bonus points for those moments when fans try to mock a goalie with a less chant-friendly name.) Ultimately, it’s silly to jeer Campbell, but fans earn the right to be silly geese when they buy tickets.

It won’t change the fact that it’s kind of dumb that they do it, though.

  1. Charlie - May 18, 2010 at 10:06 AM

    They aren’t over his penalty in the 4th OT vs Dallas in 2008.
    That’s all I can comeup with.

  2. Jim - May 18, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Brian Campbell was brought to the Sharks in hopes of improving the team. He became the best puck moving defensman they ever had. He even scored a brilliant spinorama goal. He lived with Joe Thornton at the time and the fans loved him. They chanted “SIGN HIM! SIGN HIM!” at the games. Than the playoffs came and he totally pooped the bed. He was a. Non-factor in the Calgary series and in Dallas he did even worse. In game 3 he gave up the turnover that was the GWG. Then he did that infamous 4OT penalty which was terrible. So yeah, i’d think Sharks fans would be mad at him.

  3. SanJoseCupCrazy - May 18, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    As a Sharks season ticket holder, a little perspective: We’ve done this before. Ed Belfour, Teemu Selanne…. if they bring you in via trade and you decide you want to be elsewhere and sign with another team in the offseason, then the fans here make it very clear to not let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. I think you have to be here to understand — Sharks fans are extremely passionate and loud, looking for any reason to cheer or boo. Campbell seemed like a nice enough guy. Fans here just want to make sure he understands that when he left, he lost any appreciation we had for him. Sharks fans just love having a villain to go after.

  4. CTGray - May 18, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    The two gentleman above covered it quite well. Add in to it a summer of him jerking the fan base around, his deal with Chi being out there before July 1st, (which pissed off a lot of people), and his assertions that he LOVED SJ but really wanted to be closer to his family, (and wasn’t just looking for more money), and you have the perfect recipe to upset a very passionate fan base.
    We’re very aware that Boyle’s an upgrade and we love him. We’re all glad Campbell is gone. We don’t want him back. He was a waste of teal space and it costs us a first rounder to get him (and Bernier) Campbell jerked us around and we’re just making sure he knows it.
    Besides, booing him is pretty hilarious. No one expects it and then “Boooooooooo.”

  5. SJSeasonTicketsSinceDay1 - May 18, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    The Sharks fans are stupid to boo Campbell.

    • 1 – He wasn’t very important to us.
    • 2 – He is the THIRD D-Man on his own team.
    • 3 – We wound up with a better offensive D-Man as a result

    I’m embarrassed every time I hear our fans boo him.

  6. Gravypan - May 18, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    “Ed Belfour, Teemu Selanne…. if they bring you in via trade and you decide you want to be elsewhere and sign with another team in the offseason, then the fans here make it very clear to not let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. ”
    It’s called free agency.
    I know that’s still a relatively new fangled thing for you Sharks fans to figure out, but I trust you will some day.

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