Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Campbell traded to San Jose

TSN is reporting that the Sabres have dealt defenceman Brian Campbell to the Sharks in exchange for Steve Bernier and a first-round pick.

The Buffalo News reported yesterday afternoon that Campbell would be playing his final game last night against Philadelphia. Campbell had turned down a three-year, $5.75-million per season contract earlier and will be a UFA on July 1.

Certainly this is a tough move from a fan's perspective given the Sabres have recently lost Daniel Briere and Chris Drury, but Campbell's not the sort of player I would give a Dan Boyle type deal to.

San Jose gets one of the league's highest-scoring defenceman, someone who can take over the power-play quarterbacking duties. Craig Rivet had been playing the point on the Sharks top PP unit, and Campbell's certainly an upgrade on him in that regard.

Where he's struggled somewhat this season is defensively and on the penalty kill, but San Jose's been great 4-on-5 and needs help 5-on-4.

Bernier, meanwhile, is a 22-year-old power forward who has yet to really play up to his potential in San Jose. His best NHL season remains his first one, when he had 14 goals and 27 points in 39 games, and he has managed just 28 goals and 54 points in 121 games since then.

He was nonexistent in the playoffs last season.

Bernier was San Jose's first-round pick in 2003 (16th overall) and was regarded as a can't miss prospect after he put up 49 goals and 101 points as a 17-year-old in junior hockey with Moncton of the QMJHL.

“Brian’s a guy that gets the puck out of your zone quick,” said Sharks GM Doug Wilson. “He’s a quarterback on the power play and he will compliment our group really well.”

“We wish Steve the best,” Wilson added. “He’s worked really hard for us and we think he will go on and have a tremendous career.”


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At 11:32 a.m., February 26, 2008, Blogger Heather B. said...

No way. Campbell, while a pleasant and likable guy, is never, ever going to live up to that kind of contract. Good luck to whomever gives it to him.

At 11:40 a.m., February 26, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like Buffalo will get atleast Steve Bernier and a 1st rounder. If thats the case SJ wins and the Buffalo hole gets deeper.

At 11:49 a.m., February 26, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Campbell will be an asset to a talented team that can win a Cup. Bernier is a heart breaker. I watch the Sharks regularly and the Bernier kid leaves craving for more. I would've wanted Campbell in Carolina. Your loss, Goli$ano and Sabe fans.

At 12:01 p.m., February 26, 2008, Blogger Ebscer said...

I didn't really mind losing Campbell in the coming off season (see heather's comment above), but as a result the Sabres will be missing an important player for this years playoffs

At 12:53 p.m., February 26, 2008, Blogger coolman856 said...

I dont think that Campbell is as important to the Sabres that the fans really make him out to be. He was a fan favorite especially after the Umberger hit, but I still dont think that he can be viewed as a vital piece of the Sabres to help them move toward the playoffs.

At 10:15 p.m., February 26, 2008, Blogger Adam C said...

For that matter, I don't think Dan Boyle is the sort of player I would give a Dan Boyle type deal to.

If he turned down that contract, then good for the Sabres for turning him into something. The Leafs went the opposite way with McCabe and look how that one turned out...


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