Blackhawks Trade Brian Campbell to Panthers

Brian Campbell has waived his no trade contact to accept a trade to the Florida Panthers.  In return, the Blackhawks will receive Rotislav Olesz.  More importantly, the Hawks have roughly $14 million to spend on July 1.

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Earlier Friday, rumors had flown that Campbell had been traded to Columbus, but it fell through.

This trade appears to be the real deal.

In his 215 games with the Blackhawks, Campbell recorded 19 goals and 117 points, with a +51 rating. 

His talent has never been in question, but the contract former Blackhawk and current Florida Panthers' GM Dale Tallon signed him to was far too much for a player of his ability.  His offensive numbers were decent, but he was too often a defensive liability.  The salary relief will help the Blackhawks resign Patrick Sharp, who is due a contract next season, and also land a bigger name free agent this offseason, potentially as big as Brad Richards.

Stay tuned for details as they become available.

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