Campbell To The Exit Door?

Tonight, on Hockey Night In Canada's Hot Stove, Al Strachan reported (so be fairly skeptical) that Coach Q and Brian Campbell are having it out over 51 Phantom's playing time, and that though the Hawks aren't shopping Soupy, they'll listen.

This is an interesting story on so many levels.  First off, it is highly, highly unlikely that the Hawks would find any takers for such a ridiculous contract.  That being said, it's pretty clear Q is not enamored with Campbell.  He booted him off the PK months ago, and on a couple occasions has removed him from the first PP unit.  Campbell's never been that great in his own zone, this was not a secret when we signed him.  Phantom has gotten his fair share of abuse on these boards and others, but you can't ignore the addition to the PP that he's provided, which is a big reason the Hawks are where they are.  He and Keith are also the only transition game the Hawks have from the backend.  There are certainly nights when 51 Phantom looks out of it, like against the Pens.  But there are others, like say against Minnesota last Sunday, where he is absolutely flying and making things happen.  He is certainly an effective player.

There are other consequences as well of any potential deal, however unlikely.  It is this observer's opinion that it would set a dangerous precendent to be shipping off a prized free agent signing mere months after bringing him to town.  Other players would notice that, and remember it when being courted by the Hawks.  If they got over that, they would have to be overpaid or treated to a no-trade, which can become quite the fucking handicap.  Ask the Leafs how they feel about those.

On the other hand, the cap space makes you drool, doesn't it?  Those extensions to Toews, Kane, Toews, and Bolland don't seem so hard.  Resigning Mach 24 Havlat is in reach.  Campbell and Khabby gone would mean 13 million freed up.  Nothing will happen, almost certainly, but still, stay tuned.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Second City Hockey

You must be a member of Second City Hockey to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Second City Hockey. You should read them.

Join Second City Hockey

You must be a member of Second City Hockey to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Second City Hockey. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker