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Report: Campbell wants out of Florida

Jun 18, 2014, 11:48 AM EDT


The closer we get to the draft, the more intriguing the Florida Panthers become.

The Panthers, already rumored to be shopping the first overall pick at the ’14 Draft, now reportedly have another potential move on their hands — defenseman Brian Campbell wants out, according to Fox Sports Midwest’s Andy Strickland.

Campbell, 35, has two years remaining on the massive eight-year, $57 million deal signed with Chicago in 2008. He carries an average annual cap hit of $7.14 million and, perhaps most importantly, holds an equal salary hit — Campbell didn’t sign one of those back-diving long-term deals the NHL has since penalized in the form of cap recapture.

If Strickland’s report of Campbell’s unhappiness in Florida is accurate, it won’t be entirely surprising. Campbell didn’t have Florida on his list of eight teams upon being traded from Chicago in 2011 (he had a modified no-trade clause) and Panthers GM Dale Tallon had to persuade Campbell to waive his NTC to come to Florida.

Here was Tallon’s sales pitch, per the Chicago Tribune. See any issues with it?

“We talked a couple of times,” said Tallon, who was the Hawks’ GM in 2008 when he signed Campbell to an eight-year, $56.8 million contract. “I explained the plan and the blueprint. It’s similar to what we did in Chicago. He was able to convince his family and fiance that this is the right move for him and I think it is. It was a great conversation with a guy who loves to play hockey. It was a tough decision for him.”

In Campbell’s contract, there are eight teams to which he can be traded without his permission but the Panthers weren’t on the list. In the end, Tallon’s pitch was enough for him to OK the move with the Hawks getting winger Rostislav Olesz in return.

“I was pretty quiet (Friday), mulling it over, thinking of all the positives and negatives of the situation,'” Campbell told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “Dale did some great things in Chicago for a lot of guys and I’ve talked to a lot of my ex-teammates who are saying to me, ‘Get me there.’

“Dale will make this place very attractive for players. We’ll get this organization going in the right direction and make the fans want to come back to support a great team.”

Since that time, the Panthers have gone 82-98-32, made the playoffs just once and are now on the verge of hiring their third head coach after dismissing both Kevin Dineen and Peter Horachek.

Campbell, meanwhile, has seen his reputation take a hit by playing big minutes on a bad team. He’s minus-37 since joining the Panthers, prompting L.A. head coach Darryl Sutter to say the following:

As long as [Drew] Doughty is taking care of business in his own end and making a good first pass, Sutter will be happy.

The last thing the coach wants to see is Doughty trying to do it all himself.

“Well, if you do that all the time, you’re not a very good player,” said Sutter, per LA Kings Insider. “You’re Brian Campbell in Florida. You’ll be minus-20. And we’ll see you on the highlights, but you’re on a bad team, and you’re a high-minus player.”

Should Campbell be made available via trade, he’ll be an interesting candidate. Though the cap hit is high, he’s still a quality point producer and excellent puck-mover, something the Oilers — who have nearly $26 million in cap space — are reportedly interested in acquiring.

  1. jovocop2112 - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Would love see in him play for the Avs…

    • avfanforlife - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      I agree – but too pricey tho… If the AV’s are having difficulty coming up with mid-6 offers for ROR and Stats, I don’t think they’ll shell out such big bucks for Campbell when the D in Colorado has improved so much already.

  2. buddysguys - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    bring it back home to Buffalo Soupy!! we got a cap floor to hit!!!!

    • hosewater2 - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      This is the only move that would make any sense, Buffalo or any team trying to get to the floor. Which includes Florida.

      • elvispocomo - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:35 PM

        Depends on if he retained his NTC when he was traded to Florida. Based on Capgeek it looks like he did, so he’d be able to name 8 teams he can be traded to and I’d be willing to bet he doesn’t want to go from really bad to really, really bad in Buffalo.

    • westinpat - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      He would be an upgrade over Tallinder on being a mentor to the young defensemen.

  3. fightingwild - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Suter, Campbell, Spurgeon, Brodin Scandella & Stoner. That would be a pretty good D for the Wild.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      It would be nice, but exactly would you want the Wild to give up?

      • fightingwild - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:16 PM

        I would be happy to give up Koivu but that won’t happen, Zucker, our first rounder this year, Dumba

  4. pjblake2redwings - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    we need a good puck moving Dman in Detroit to pair with Kronwall and we have cap room but Holland wants a righty so I dont think he will come to the D

    • tmoore4075 - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      I think he’d take him if the price was right. That’s a lot of money for two more years though.

  5. storminator16 - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    This off-season is getting more interesting by the minute. Going to be a lot of faces in new places. Can’t wait!

  6. djshnooks - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Buffalo will have no issue getting to the cap floor.

    • buddysguys - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      They have to spend about 18 mil to get there, its not going to be that easy. Especially when they have recruit players to come play for them this year. Over paying at least 2 people is almost a lock.

  7. dolphanindallas - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    I’ll take Yakupov for Campbell, won’t happen but i’ll take it

  8. garybrian2014 - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Getting kind of tired hearing players that signed long term contracts for millions of dollars, not only wanting out but giving a list of teams they want or don’t want. Most people would be happy to make $7 to $8 million dollars for. 6 months work. I sure would!

    • tved12 - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      You should be mad at the team then too, they negotiate this into the players contracts.

      Just because somebody makes a lot of money doesn’t mean they should give up the same rights you and I have, such as doing things that are in line with a signed contract.

      • storminator16 - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:35 PM


    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 18, 2014 at 5:27 PM

      I can’t tell if you’re trolling or just posting ignorant statements but I’ll bite.

      Do you not have a choice where you want to work? Because these guys make more than you they are somehow not entitled to choose their work and home location?

      Being a professional athlete is far, far removed from a six month job; it never ends, whether you’re training, studying, rehabbing, etc it’s a full-time job.

  9. bizzmoneyb - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    cant blame the guy. he only has a few years left and wants to win. something Florida cant do.

    • pjblake2redwings - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      he already won one stanley cup so I dont think thats it rather than just leaving the sinking team they call the Florida Panthers

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:08 PM

        The season seems so long ago now as a Panthers fan, but didn’t this “sinking team” go 3-2 against the Dead Things this past season?

  10. gret9 - Jun 18, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Thank you Dale Tallon, you silver tongued devil you, for sweet talking Soupy and getting that toxic contract off the Blackhawks books.

  11. 3bcrown - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Report: no one wants in florida

    • steverolley - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:03 PM


  12. justintimezone - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    “Ohhh, Campbell just destroyed Umberger!!!”

  13. tfilarski - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    i wonder if tallon trades him back to hawks and retains 90% of his salary

  14. hauger88 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Would love to see Sather work his magic and get Campbell for cheap. Either this or make a play for D Boyle July 1

  15. garn53 - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    I would almost feel sorry for him going to the Oilers – but the gross amount of $ he makes minimizes any sorrow i might have. The Oilers are the most undisciplined team in the league. A bunch of kids running around with no parental guidance doing whatever they want without any system to fall back on. He would be going to a much better team but as a D man he would be out of the fire and into the frying pan.

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