I'm sitting here watching the Blackhawks-Canucks game (crazy fun) and I'm going to admit something I've been thinking for a while but have been hesitant to write: I miss Brian Campbell. I do. Last year everything was way too fresh for me to even fathom cheering for him in the playoffs - I was actively rooting AGAINST him actually - but this year I've realized he's okay in my book. I would not want to throw up if I saw him toting the Stanley Cup around. I might even be a little happy for him. Like I said after he was traded, he was here pretty much the entire time I've been a Sabres fan and it does seem a little weird still to see that very familiar skating style in another jersey.
I will also admit that the Sabres miss Brian Campbell. He was such a whiny mess at the end that it was very easy to dismiss him and I'm on record as saying he was not worth 5 million dollars but... maybe he was. I'd have to think about that part of the equation (I think ultimately the length of contract would've been more of a sticking point since I don't think teams can carry too many long contracts) but we do miss having a guy who can skate the puck into the zone. Jeez, some of our forwards weren't very good at that this year. I do think ol' Soup has the luxury of playing on a good defensive corp in Chicago whereas our d-men have been pretty underachieving for the last couple of years but the guy is very good at what he does. Still should not be mentioned in the same sentence as "Norris Trophy," still should be carefully hidden away from the opposing team's top line, still a bit of a mess in the defensive zone but you know, good for him. I'm happy for him.
Aw. It's taken me a while to warm-up to anyone this year but I might able to get behind the Blackhawks. I'm watching the postgame celebration and I'm feeling pretty warm and fuzzy for both the team and the crowd. They also have the best goal song in the playoffs. Part of the reason I've been refusing them I think is because of the inevitable "Local boy and former Sabre have to play elsewhere to win a Cup" column from Bucky Gleason if they win it all but I've been on Bucky blackout since 4/22 so that's not as much of an issue now. We'll see.