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Blackhawks lock up Campbell with 8-year, $56.8M deal

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7/1/2008 8:38:31 PM
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The most sought-after defenceman this summer has been snapped up, as free agent Brian Campbell has agreed to an eight-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks worth $7.1 million a season.

"I'm pretty elated," Chicago general manager Dale Tallon said. "It's been a long struggle the past few years.  This day was always a tough day for us.  We worked hard, and to come home empty-handed wasn't a very good feeling."

Campbell, 29, was among the league leaders in blueline scoring in 2007-08 with 62 points (eight goals, 54 assists) in 83 games with the Buffalo Sabres and San Jose Sharks. The Sharks acquired Campbell in a trade deadline deal for Steve Bernier and a first-round pick in the 2008 draft.

The Strathroy, Ontario, native was a sixth-round selection in the 1997 entry draft by the Buffalo Sabres. In 411 games, Campbell has 35 goals and 195 points through nine seasons with Buffalo and San Jose.

Brian Campbell (Photo: Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)
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