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Brian Campbell on his sunny new home: “I love it”

Nov 3, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

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Brian Campbell is enjoying the weather in Florida. Hopefully the redhead’s wearing lots of sunscreen.

Campbell will face his old Chicago teammates tonight at the BankAtlantic Center, where the Panthers will look to bounce back from Monday’s tough shootout loss to the Jets. And if they don’t, well, at least it’s nice out. Golf tomorrow? Maybe hit a patio?

“I was going to practice [Wednesday] in shorts and a T-shirt, and I kind of looked up at the sky and said, ‘I love it,’” he told the Sun-Times. “It’s pretty easy to take. The weather has been the bonus of the whole fact of being able to play with a good organization and good guys.”

Campbell had two more assists against Winnipeg to give him a total of 11 in 11 games. Eight of his helpers have come on the power play, leading one to wonder if Chicago’s struggles with the man advantage are in part related to his absence.

It’s not just the warm weather that has Campbell pumped about life in Florida. He’s also excited about his new team.

“I think the attitude has changed a lot from what I’ve heard in years past, which has been good. It’s been positive,” he said. “It’s nice to have a new coach [Kevin Dineen] coming in. Everybody is on the same foot that way with a new coach. He can implement his game plan and what he wants to do. It’s brought a new attitude here with the changes.”

  1. sippindasyzurp - Nov 3, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Must be nice to play in front of only 5000 fans as well…

  2. seaner44 - Nov 3, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    The farther away he is from london ontario the better. Guys a loser

  3. pandorasdadca - Nov 3, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Yeah, good weather and year-round golf make up for all the losing, right? Keep chasing the paycheck. There isn’t a good team that wants this dressing room cancer. I’ll be booing anytime he touches the puck at the Shark Tank!

    • comeonnowguys - Nov 4, 2011 at 9:31 AM

      Oh, you’re one of those guys the Blackhawk fans laugh at when they play in San Jose. You realize the only reason Chicago shipped him out was because of his crazily-overpriced contract? Not because he was a “cancer.”

      But please, keep booing him.

  4. ven9898 - Nov 3, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Someone dangles a 7 million dollar carrot in front of you to play on a better team than the choke artists in SJ, and that makes him a cancer? You would do the same thing, don’t act so noble. As for Seaner, everyone in London, Ontario seems like a Loser anyways.

  5. balewsquare - Nov 4, 2011 at 1:35 AM

    I don’t know why all the hate, Campbell was a great guy and a great player. He just had a terrible contract to lure him into what was a hockey wasteland. As a Hawks fan, I can also say that’s most likely not why our PP is struggling, as he didn’t see an incredible amount of time on it. He was behind Sharp, Keith, Seabrook for sure…sometimes Leddy.

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