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Panthers, Brian Campbell to discuss contract extension

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The Florida Panthers and Brian Campbell are going to try to make it work.

The veteran defenseman, who's set to become an unrestricted free agent at season's end, has expressed an interest in remaining with the club, while general manager Dale Tallon maintains the team would like him back on the blue line next season, according to George Richards of the Miami Herald.

Campbell will almost certainly have to take a significant cut in terms of length and valuation on his next deal, as the 36-year-old is nearing the end of an eight-year, $57.143-million contract signed with the Chicago Blackhawks.

He is a key piece for the first-place Panthers, recording five goals and 19 assists while averaging a team-high 21:46 a night. He's posting a Corsi rating of 51.5 in five-on-five play.

The two sides are reportedly set to begin discussing terms when Campbell's agent comes to town next week.

Panthers, Brian Campbell to discuss contract extension
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