Campbell not worried about reception in San Jose

Campbell.jpgBrian Campbell will be making an extended return to the home of the
San Jose Sharks over the next two weeks, but this time he’s not worried
about the reception he’ll receive from the fans.

“I didn’t like
it my first time back,” Campbell told David Pollack of the San Jose
but this time he’s prepared for what may happen:

“But then I talked with people who have been through that before,”
Campbell added, “and I think sometimes it’s a sign of appreciation that
they’re disappointed I wasn’t there anymore. I think you try to turn
everything into compliments in some sort of way, or positives. Maybe I’m
wrong, maybe I’m right, but I’ll look at it that way.”

Sharks fans weren’t very happy with Campbell, when the team gave up
Steve Bernier and a first-round draft pick for him at the 2008 trade
deadline only to see him vacate in free agency just a few months later.

That’s always the risk you take when trading for a pending
unrestricted free agent, and Campbell says he was always up front with
the team as to his desires once the season was over.

“They were aware of my situation,” said Campbell, who wanted to play
closer to his Southern Ontario roots. “I was up front with them the
whole time. It is what it is and I have nothing bad to say about the
city or management or anything. The organization’s first class and it’s a
great place to be.”

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    Kings GM says Mike Richards went into ‘a destructive spiral’

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    The Los Angeles Kings may owe Mike Richards money until 2031 (seriously), but in settling his grievance, the team and player more or less get to turn the page.

    Not before Kings GM Dean Lombardi shares his sometimes startling perspective, though.

    Lombardi has a tendency to be candid, especially in the press release-heavy world of sports management. Even by his standards, his account of Richards’ “destructive sprial” is a staggering read from the Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Dillman.

    “Without a doubt, the realization of what happened to Mike Richards is the most traumatic episode of my career,” Lombardi said in a written summation he provided to the Los Angeles Times. “At times, I think that I will never recover from it. It is difficult to trust anyone right now – and you begin to question whether you can trust your own judgment. The only thing I can think of that would be worse would be suspecting your wife of cheating on you for five years and then finding out in fact it was true.”

    Lombardi provides plenty of eyebrow-raising statements to Dillman, including:

    • He believed he “found his own Derek Jeter” in Richards, a player who “at one time symbolized everything that was special about the sport.”
    • Lombardi remarked that “his production dropped 50 percent and the certain ‘it’ factor he had was vaporizing in front of me daily.”
    • The Kings GM believes that he was “played” by Richards.

    … Yeah.

    Again, it’s a powerful read that you should soak in yourself, even if you’re unhappy with the way the Kings handled the situation.

    Maybe the most pressing of many lingering questions is: will we get to hear Richards’ side of the story?

    Coyotes exploit another lousy outing from Quick

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    Despite owning two Stanley Cup rings, there are a healthy number of people who aren’t wild about Jonathan Quick.

    Those people might feel validated through the Los Angeles Kings’ first two games, as he followed a rough loss to the San Jose Sharks with a true stinker against the Arizona Coyotes on Friday.

    Sometimes a goalie has a bad night stats-wise, yet his team is as much to blame as anything else. You can probably pin this one on Quick, who allowed four goals on just 14 shots through the first two periods.

    Things died down in the final frame, but let’s face it; slowing things down is absolutely the Coyotes’ design with a 4-1 lead (which ultimately resulted in a 4-1 win).


    A soft 1-0 goal turned out to be a sign of things to come:

    Many expected the Kings to roar into this second game after laying an egg in their opener. Instead, the Coyotes exploited Quick’s struggles for a confidence-booster, which included key prospect Max Domi scoring a goal and an assist.

    It’s worth mentioning that Mike Smith looked downright fantastic at times, only drawing more attention to Quick’s struggles.


    After a troubled summer and a failed 2014-15 season, Los Angeles was likely eager to start things off the right way.

    Instead, they instead will likely focus on the fact that they merely dropped two (ugly) games.