What a brutal night. Things figure to get even nuttier on Tuesday.
By the time the Sabres play Nashville here Wednesday night, they could have quite a different look. Brian Campbell is gone. No way he's staying. He basically gave his goodbye speech in the locker room after Monday's game, waxing poetic about the city, the fans and everyone's perseverance through the bankruptcy days.
I'm not going to go on and on about the disgrace that was the 4-3 shootout loss to the previously pathetic Flyers. Suffice to say, you can't blow a three-goal lead at home to a team on a 10-game losing streak and think you're going anywhere in the playoffs.
Let's think positive and it's easy to do when you look around the league. Dan Boyle (Tampa Bay) and Barret Jackman (St. Louis) re-signed with their current teams Monday night. Think Campbell took note of Boyle's six-year, $40-million deal? Uh-huh. But that actually helps the Sabres. I'm betting the offers Darcy Regier will get for Campbell are going to be even juicier since No. 51 is now the top available defenseman on the market.
(Dan Boyle got $40 million? $40 million???!! Exactly why did this league shut down for an entire season?)
Regier should take this thing right to 2:59 p.m. and maximize the haul he can get for Campbell. It should be a big one, a deal that could help the Sabres for a long time. No way Campbell was getting six years and $40 million or anything close. He's not worth that either.
Make the deal, Darcy.
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