Archives for February 2008

Wednesday’s San Jose Coverage

Sharks acquire Sabres defenseman Campbell (San Jose Mercury News)

Trade is boost the Sharks need (San Jose Mercury News)

Sharks get 1 to cheer and keep 1 to jeer (San Francisco Chronicle)

Sharks pick up All-Star Brian Campbell from Sabres for Steve Bernier (AP)

Sharks land Campbell from Buffalo (The Sports Network)

Sharks Nab All-Star Defenseman Brian Campbell (

Brian’s Swan Song

‘Bernier should be in uniform for Buffalo Wednesday against Nashville at the HSBC Arena, where Campbell played the last of his 425 games as a Sabre Monday.’

Campbell on the way to San Jose

'By just offering Campbell a contract, the front office can uphold the fact that it wasn't about the money, that the Sabres weren't being cheap. Technically, however, they are being cheap, relatively speaking. Instead of tying up about $36 million over six years, they're only paying Campbell something in the ballpark of $19 million over three years.'

Steve Bernier conference call

‘Q: Did you have any idea a trade was coming? “No, that’s why I said I was surprised. I woke up going into the same routine I used to do, go eat breakfast, and Doug Wilson said ‘I need to talk to you.’ I was surprised but at the same time stuff happens for something and I hope it’s going to be good.”‘

Minor league team

‘For a team that’s screaming for leadership, I don’t see how getting a 22-year-old forward is going to help. It took Campbell years to become a leader on this squad and when he finally accepted that role, he proceeds to be traded for a young power forward that has been regressing and not progressing since his short but successful rookie campaign in 2005-06.’

The newest Sabre

‘While doing research on Bernier, I searched the San Jose Sharks message boards to see what fans out in San Jose thought of him. They affectionately call him “Bernie” and the overall impression seems to be that he has not lived up to his potential, but he does have a lot of potential. A few fans even suggested that the change of scenery and, more specifically, the shift to Buffalo would help Bernier a lot.’

Soupy heads west

‘”Frustration, a little bit,” Campbell said holding back the tears on numerous occasions. “I’ve got a lot of people and friends here. I would’ve liked to have gotten it done, but it didn’t happen.”‘

Sabres acquire Bernier and first-round pick in exchange for Campbell and seventh

‘The 22-year-old Bernier (6-foot-2, 225 lbs.) has 23 points (13+10) and 62 PIMs in 59 games for the Sharks this season. For his career, Bernier has 81 points (42+39) in 160 games. Twelve of Bernier’s 42 career goals have been scored on the power play. Bernier has also scored seven points (1+6) in 22 playoff games with San Jose over the past two seasons.’

Shark Soup

‘Not only is Bernier a talented big man who goes 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, but he’s also an active hitter on the forecheck, leading the Sharks with 127 hits this season. That physical style should be appreciated in Buffalo and Bernier should be able to fit in with Buffalo’s group of young forwards. It may take a couple more seasons, but Bernier is a potential 30-goal scorer.’

Sabres all-star defenceman Brian Campbell

‘The Sabres are life and death to make the playoffs in the East, but at least avoided losing a vital asset for nothing, as happened with free agents such as Daniel Briere and Chris Drury when general manager Darcy Regier dithered at the deadline and in the days leading to July free agency.’

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Campbell a great Plan B

‘Campbell’s a pretty darn good Plan B, and it’s hard to imagine he couldn’t be acquired in exchange for Andrej “Uh Oh” Meszaros and a draft pick, and/or a prospect of Brian Lee’s ilk.’

The Hockey Billionaires

‘Even though Golisano has taken a low profile with the hockey team, Sabres faithful are pointing the finger at him. One fan lamented in a letter to the Buffalo News that Golisano and management have made the club “the farm team for the rest of the NHL teams who have competent management.”‘

Sabres trade D Campbell to San Jose for RW Bernier and 1st-round pick

‘Bernier has 13 goals and 10 assists in 59 games this season.’

Buffalo deals defenceman Campbell to San Jose for Bernier, first-round pick

‘Unable to sign their potential unrestricted free agent to a long-term deal, the Buffalo Sabres have traded defenceman Brian Campbell to the San Jose Sharks for forward Steve Bernier and a first-round draft pick.’