Brian 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
Mercury-News, 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.”