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Brian Campbell | Defenseman | #51

Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Age / DOB:  (37) / 5/23/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 192
Drafted: 1997 / Rd. 6 (156) / BUF
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Patrick Kane was very happy to see the Chicago Blackhawks sign Brian Campbell.
Campbell took a discount to the tune of a one-year, $2.25 million contract to fit under the Blackhawks' cap. "What an amazing pickup," Kane said. "That’s one of the things we missed last year, that guy who could take minutes away from [Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook] and [Niklas] Hjalmarsson. He should be able to fill that void. Adding another puck-moving defenseman, that’s good for us forwards, too, catching passes in strides and playing the game the way we want to. Great pickup." Campbell is 37 years old at this point, but he's coming off a solid season where he recorded six goals and 31 points in 82 games. Jul 16 - 5:19 AM
Source: CSN Chicago

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Brian Campbell described Chicago as "where my heart is."

"The last time when I was a free agent, money played a factor," Campbell said. "This time it was about what was best for me and my family. I have two young daughters; one is going into preschool. I’ve been welcomed into the neighborhood I live in. It’s just where I wanted to be, where my heart was. It just makes our life perfect. We’re ecstatic about being here." Campbell inked a one-year, $2.25 million deal with Chicago. He probably could have gotten more elsewhere, but he presumably took a discount so that the Blackhawks could fit him under the cap. It's a nice break for the Blackhawks, which likely would have had trouble securing some extra defensive help for the 2016-17 campaign if not for Campbell's interest in returning.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 4 - 4:37 AM

Brian Campbell allegedly left a lot of money on the table to sign with the Blackhawks.

Rumors are circulating that Campbell was offered a one-year deal worth $5 million by the Panthers. The contract the Hawks and Campbell agreed to was for $2.25 million. Campbell told the press he really wanted to play in Chicago, where he resides in the offseason. He certainly backed that up with his actions. Campbell is in line for serious five-on-five minutes and second power-play ice time and is worthy of a late round selection in fantasy pools especially those that have plus/minus as a category.
Jul 2 - 12:01 PM

Brian Campbell has signed a one-year deal with Chicago for $2.25 million.

Campbell's base salary will be $1.5M with a performance bonus of $750K after playing just 10 games. The Blackhawks were expected to bring back Campbell and now the deal is official. That's a great bargain pickup for the veteran defender, who had six goals and 31 points in 82 games last season with Florida to go with a plus-31 rating. He will be a great addition to Chicago's top-four defense.
Jul 1 - 12:21 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks will reportedly sign Brian Campbell to a one-year deal.

Nothing can be made official until noon ET at the earliest. Campbell signing with Chicago wouldn't be surprising at this point as we've been hearing reports pointing to that outcome for more than a week now. As has been previously stated though, Campbell will need to agree to a discount to make this work from a cap perspective. His deal with them will reportedly be in the $2 million range, which is great value for Chicago is it's true.
Jul 1 - 11:41 AM

The Chicago Blackhawks are reportedly the frontrunners to sign Brian Campbell once the free agent period opens.

That's a bit surprising given Chicago's tough cap situation, but it does follow a previous report that Campbell has "serious interest" in playing for Chicago once more. If Campbell is intent on being reunited with the Blackhawks, then he will likely be agreeing to a discount to make the deal possible.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 1 - 8:49 AM

Brian Campbell reportedly has "serious interest" in playing with Chicago.

Campbell's previous stint with the Blackhawks went from 2008-09 through 2010-11. He was traded to the Florida Panthers for cap reasons, but now that his eight-year, $57,143,000 contract is over, he's expected to test the open market. He still has some value at the age of 37 as a top-four puck-moving defenseman, but whether or not the Blackhawks can afford him is another question entirely. It seems fair to say that Campbell-to-Chicago won't be possible unless he's willing to offer the Blackhawks a discount compared to his likely market value.
Jun 22 - 4:22 PM

Florida isn't close to re-signing Brian Campbell.

Panthers GM Tom Rowe believes Campbell will test free agency on July 1. Florida sought to replace Campbell by acquiring the rights to pending unrestricted free agent Keith Yandle on Monday.
Jun 21 - 2:52 PM

Florida's recent moves may help them re-sign pending unrestricted free agent Brian Campbell.

Florida saved $2.5 million in the trade that sent Erik Gudbranson to Vancouver and about $4.1 million when they sent Marc Savard's contract to New Jersey on Friday. Campbell will reportedly field other offers, but the Panthers would like to have him back next year.
Jun 11 - 1:01 PM

It appears that Brian Campbell will test the market first, but he still could re-sign with the Florida Panthers.

GM Tom Rowe has told Campbell's agent that the Panthers want him back and the defenseman has expressed an interest in staying, but it sounds like he will see what kind of other offers are out there before making a final decision.
May 27 - 10:07 AM

Brian Campbell would like to be back with the Florida Panthers next season.

The soon-to-be 37-year-old defenseman had six goals and 31 points in 82 games with the Panthers in 2015-16. He also posted a personal best plus-31 rating, while averaging 22:16 of ice time per match. Campbell is eligible for unrestricted free agency, but he'll probably be back with Florida.
Apr 26 - 11:07 AM

Brian Campbell played in his 1,000th career game on Tuesday night.

He posted a plus-2 rating in the contest and leads all NHL defensemen with a plus-31 rating this season. Campbell has had a solid year with 31 points, including 25 assists, in 80 games. According to War-on-ice.com, when Campbell is on ice the Panthers score a team-leading 65 percent of their goals.
Apr 6 - 5:39 PM

Brian Campbell leads the Panthers in plus-minus and average ice time per game this season.

He has a plus-27 rating this campaign, while leading Florida with 22:13 of playing time per game. The 36-year-old defender has also posted six goals and 31 points in 78 games this year.
Apr 4 - 10:04 AM

Brian Campbell picked up his sixth goal of the season during Thursday's 3-2 loss to Colorado.

With the tally, Campbell now sits just one point shy of last season's total of 27 points. Through 64 games this campaign it looks like the veteran defender might finally crack double-digit goals for the second time in his career.
Mar 4 - 12:15 AM

Per George Richards, it appears that Brian Campbell and the Florida Panthers share mutual interest in signing a new contract.

Panthers' GM Dale Tallon originally signed Campbell to his expiring eight-year, $57.143M contract while with Chicago and the 36-year-old has been a favorite ever since. Campbell is now in his fifth season in Florida and through 351 games he's posted 27 goals and 168 points. Five goals and eight points shy of the totals during eight seasons and 391 games with Buffalo to begin his career. Campbell is currently working on his 11th straight 20+ point season with five goals and 27 points, and his agent will meet with Tallon "next week to discuss" a new deal.
Feb 17 - 7:17 PM

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4Tyler Motte
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2Marian Hossa
3Richard Panik
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5Jordin Tootoo
D1Duncan Keith
2Brent Seabrook
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5Trevor van Riemsdyk
6Erik Gustafsson
7Michal Kempny
8Michal Rozsival
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