Report: Panthers' Campbell 'wants out of Florida'

Jun 18, 11:56 AM

As the summer trade winds continue to swirl, it appears as though a big-name defenseman may be looking for a new home.

Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell "wants out of Florida," according to Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest. The 35-year-old has two years left on his contract, worth a shade over $7.1 million per season; his no-trade clause also dictates he can designate eight teams he will accept a trade to, as per Capgeek.

Campbell has appeared in every regular season game for the Panthers since being acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks (the team who signed him to that deal) in June 2011. He moved to Florida somewhat reluctantly, however, convinced by former Chicago and current Florida general manager Dale Tallon to waive his no-trade clause to join the team. 

He scored seven goals and added 30 assists while averaging 26:57 of ice time this past season, with a 52.7 percent Corsi for while playing for the 29th place Panthers.

His age and contract may detract some, but if Campbell does indeed want out of Florida, there certainly will be demand for his services.

Jun 18, 3:30 PM

Panthers GM Tallon: 'Campbell has not requested a trade'

Jun 18, 3:30 PM

Amid reports that defenseman Brian Campbell "wants out of Florida," general manager Dale Tallon refutes the notion that a formal trade request has been made.

Whether or not Campbell is especially happy in Florida or would welcome a deal if presented to him remains up in the air. For the time being, however, it appears as though the club is planning on retaining his services and the $14.2-million remaining on his contract.

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