If you haven't heard yet, there is talk on the wires about Campbell looking likely to sign in SJ (And this isn't just coming from Eklund, there are reports on many different feeds about this). A recent article in the Ottawa Sun looks a little deeper into the possible transactions between the two teams. It's been known for a while now that the Senators GM has had an interest in bringing Campbell to Ottawa, but the report now is that he's focusing less on Campbell and looking at back-up plans, because talks between BC, BCs agent, and DW are happening frequently and apparently going well.
The article mentions a number of factors that make me hopeful he will choose to stay SJ:
*He likes DW, because he's "very up-front," and calls him a player's GM. (Also, Campbell's current agent is DW former agent, and that may work in SJ favor)
*Big Joe has been twisting his arm trying to get him to stay, they were childhood friends and teammates, and those seem to be the one's that never go away. (Plus, I've heard reports that their families are close)
*BC has made friends in San Jose. He mentions a PR guy that would come over to Joe's house (where BC is staying) twice a week to have dinner and hang out. Also, the team as a whole is very close, which is another point the article mentions may keep him there.
*He likes SJ. He notes that it's not a hockey driven sity, but the organization is great and the arena sells out every night, and the building is really loud.
I personally would like to see Campbell stay in SJ. He did show great potential during the regular season, and I think his play-off performance can be attributed to not being used to the Western Conference style of play (much more physical than the East). If he comes back and has a full season to adjust, I think he'll do much better next time around.
I don't however feel he's worth the up to $8 mill that everyone thinks he'll command. If I were DW, I would offer him a progressive contract at $30 mill for 6 years. The first two he gets $4mill, the next two he gets $5mill, and the last two he gets $6mill. This would allow room for the current cap, and allow it to increase as his salary does.
Here's the link to the full article if interested: http://www.ottawasun.com/...key/200...690121-sun.html