Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
TD Bank
Features

Soupy Remains in the Mix

Campbell's happy to stay in Boston

Saturday, 06.16.2012 / 3:34 PM / Features
By Joe Gallagher  - BostonBruins.com
X
Share with your Friends


Soupy Remains in the Mix
It\u2019s official, the Bruins have resigned Gregory Campbell to a three-year contract extension through the 2014-15 season.

BostonBruins.com – In the end, Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli simply felt Campbell was a great fit in the Bruins organization.

"Gregory epitomizes the Bruins style of play and when we brought him here the year before last, he did great service for us in the fourth line," Chiarelli said. "But he's also shown that he can play up and he's a strong player."

Campbell
Campbell was originally drafted by the Florida Panthers in the third round (67th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Eight years later, he was traded to Boston with forward Nathan Horton in exchange for defenseman Dennis Wideman and two draft picks.

During a conference call on Wednesday, June 13, Campbell said he appreciated the chance to compete for a Stanley Cup when he first came to Boston and is excited to remain a Bruin.

"For me that was such a breath of fresh air to have the opportunity to not only make it to the playoffs, but to really be a team that was considered a contender right from the start of the year," said the centerman. "It was extremely important to me to at least give it 100% of my effort to be back with the team because it's really a team that fits my style of play."

The Ontario native quickly found success with the Black & Gold and posted 29 points in the 2010-11 season and matched his career high for 13 goals, and added four more in the B's run to the Cup.

But it wasn't just on-ice success which became a deciding factor for Campbell. There's also an element of team chemistry that influenced his decision.

"One of the most attractive things about Boston was the fact that I really, really enjoy being around my teammates," Campbell said. "I really want to play for my teammates and I'm really friends with all my teammates."

Campbell's teammates enjoy playing beside him too.

"I got text messages from every single player on the team, and that really exemplifies how close we are as a team and it's really great to have almost entirely the whole 2011 championship team back," said Campbell.

This year, Campbell scored eight goals and 10 assists for a total of 18 points and 80 penalty minutes. He again centered the "Merlot Line" with Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton - all three of which have now re-signed to remain in Boston.

"I've been able to play with Thorty now for two years on a consistent basis and pretty much Danny too, and it makes it a lot easier," Campbell said. "It's a tough league to play in and when you have support and when you know one another's tendencies, every little bit helps."

"Our fourth line, as it's called in Boston, is not a fourth line on most other teams," added the center. "We play an important role.

"Obviously, our role is different than a lot of other players, and it's not as glamorous, but nonetheless it's important.

"That's what I like about Boston is that we're pretty serious about what we do and we just try to contribute in any way possible," he said.

Now that negotiations are out of the way, the 28-year-old looks forward to pursuing the Stanley Cup, again.

"I think the other thing that hits home too is seeing another team lift the Stanley Cup," Campbell said of watching the Kings victory earlier this week. "It's like we considered it ours for a year and we worked so hard to get it and now that it's not ours anymore I think it really hits home and allows us to get that hunger back and hopefully strive for it again this year."

--- Renee Anderson contributed to this report.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
3 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
4 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
5 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
6 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
7 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
8 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 62 18 27 5 45
L. Eriksson 62 15 21 3 36
B. Marchand 58 19 16 9 35
M. Lucic 62 14 21 12 35
R. Smith 63 12 23 12 35
D. Hamilton 63 10 25 1 35
C. Soderberg 63 10 25 7 35
T. Krug 59 11 20 8 31
C. Kelly 61 7 20 9 27
D. Krejci 38 7 19 7 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 25 16 10 .920 2.35
N. Svedberg 6 5 0 .917 2.39
Hallmark Health System
BRUINS FAN POLL
 
Friendly's - Official Family Restaurant and Ice Cream of the Boston Bruins
Jack Links
NHL Ticket Exchange
Dunkin' Donuts Ultimate Bruins Experience Sweepstakes   AMI Graphics   Geico - Aim for savings

Click the instant ticket and enter to win Second Chance Drawings