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Lindy: Reaction to Soupy should be good, but this is Buffalo

As part of Brian Campbell's farewell to Buffalo after getting traded in February 2008, the defenseman said to fans, "Please don't boo me when I come back." Well, he's back. We'll find out tonight what the reaction will be when he takes the ice with the Blackhawks.

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff has an opinion on what the welcome should be.

"I would think the reaction would be good," Ruff said after today's morning skate. "But we've got Buffalo fans, too, so ..."

Sabres fans have decided that prominent ex-players should be booed at all times, though J.P. Dumont has escaped that treatment. We'll see whether the same folks who made Soupy the leading vote-getter for the 2007 All-Star Game will pay homage to his time, treat him as a bitter enemy or both.

"He had a lot of great moments here," Ruff said. "First and foremost, Brian is a good person. He’s got good character. He worked hard. He cared about the way he played. He competed hard. I think if you start there, you can go up pretty fast."

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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