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Campbell's happy to stay in Boston

Saturday, 06.16.2012 / 3:34 PM / Features
By Joe Gallagher  - BostonBruins.com

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."

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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.

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