It wasn't quite "The Decision," but it had to take the Dale Carnegie-like persuasive skills of Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon to get Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell to take his talents to Sunrise. Why else would Campbell waive his no-trade clause from a team he helped win a Stanley Cup two seasons ago? Why, with five more years left at $7.1 million in the hockey-crazed city where his fiance grew up, come to a franchise that hasn't made the playoffs in 10 years? "How could you not [trust me]?'' Tallon said in front of a chuckling media throng on the draft floor of the Xcel Energy Center on Saturday afternoon. "I explained the blueprint and similar to what we did in Chicago and he was able to convince his fiance and family that this was the right move for him and I think it is.'' So by the time Friday night's first round of the NHL entry draft had ended around 11:30 p.m., the trade became official and an underachieving Rostislav Olesz and his remaining three-year deal worth $9.37 million was sent to Chicago for Campbell. "I was pretty quiet yesterday, mulling it over, thinking of all the positives and negatives of the situation,'' Campbell, 25, said via phone while on vacation in Canada. "Dale did some great things in Chicago for a lot of guys and I've talked to a lot of my ex-teammates who are saying to me, 'Get me there.' "Dale will make this place very attractive for players to want to come and play there. We'll get this organization going in the right direction and make the fans want to come back and support a great team.'' While most believe this deal was salary-cap motivated, with the Panthers having to spend $30 million just to reach the league-mandated floor, Tallon believes the rugged defenseman could be the same crucial piece he acquired for Chicago in 2008. As the Blackhawks' GM, he signed the former Sabre and Shark to an eight-year, $56 million contract.
Tallon's counting on Brian Campbell to repeat Hawks' success
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Jun 26