Brian Campbell didn't decide to come to Florida on a whim.

After being asked by the Chicago Blackhawks to waive his no-trade agreement, Campbell took a few days to mull things over. It has been reported that he declined to go to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

It's not easy going from a Stanley Cup contender to a team undergoing yet another rebuilding job.

Yet late Friday, Campbell gave the Blackhawks the green light to ship him to the Panthers.

On Saturday morning, Campbell seemed happy to start fresh with a team all but starting from the ground up.

The Panthers gave up Rostislav Olesz in return for Campbell in a trade that wasn't made official until after midnight Friday.

"I've had a lot of things to think about the past couple of days. I'm happy about it,'' Campbell said. "It wasn't easy to leave Chicago; I enjoyed my time there and my fiancée is from there. But this is an opportunity. Obviously, I've talked to [Panthers GM] Dale Tallon; I know what they're doing there. This is going to be better for my career, going to Florida, playing a bigger role than I was in Chicago. I'm looking for a lot of opportunity."

Tallon brought Campbell to Chicago in the summer of 2008.

At the time, the Blackhawks were on their way up. They were close, yet not quite there. Chicago finished two spots out of the playoffs in 2007-08. After signing Campbell to an eight-year contract worth more than $57 million, and adding other players, the Blackhawks quickly turned the corner and advanced to the Western Conference finals.