Brian Campbell, who was instrumental in helping Chicago capture the Stanley Cup six years ago, is headed back to the Windy City.
Per ESPN, Campbell is set to sign back with Chicago on a one-year deal worth approximately $2 million. The contract comes after he finally wrapped his monster eight-year, $57.143 million deal — one that he signed with Chicago in 2009, but also one that led to the financially-strapped ‘Hawks shipping him to Florida two years later.
Last season, Campbell scored six goals and 31 points for Florida, helping the team snap its lengthy playoff drought.
Campbell will be a great addition to a thin Chicago blueline. He’s long in the tooth, having just turned 37 in May, but is a solid distributor and a great table-setter on the power play.
He also replaces the puck moving abilities of Johnny Oduya, whom the ‘Hawks never really replaced since dealing him to Dallas last summer.
Speaking of, it will be interesting to see if head coach Joel Quenneville opts to reunite Campbell with his old d-man partner, Niklas Hjalmarsson. Hjalmarsson was, of course, a frequent partner with Oduya on the back end.