Blackhawks GM: Trade about flexibility

Updated: June 25, 2011, 4:11 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

ST.PAUL, Minn. -- Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said he didn't have to do the convincing to get Brian Campbell to waive his no-trade clause and accept a deal to Florida. That was Panthers general manager Dale Tallon's task.

But Bowman was glad the former Blackhawks defenseman agreed to the trade, because it gave his team instant salary cap flexibility.

"When you see you've got players coming up that are going to be earning more money in years to come, you have to figure out where that money is going to come from," Bowman said during Saturday's second day of the NHL draft. "Obviously, Brian's contract was one of the largest ones on the books for us."

Campbell has five years left on his contract paying him $7.14 million a season.

Bowman, who indicated this was the first time the Hawks had a deal in place for Campbell where they were prepared to ask him to waive his no-trade clause, said the money saved will be used both short- and long-term. The Hawks are looking to add some physical-style players and also extend star forward Patrick Sharp's contract, which has just one year left on it.

"It's probably going to be similar to [Brent] Seabrook's situation," Bowman said. "My hope is it's going to get done quicker than we did with Brent, but I don't expect this thing to go until next June."

Tallon said he's trying to build a winner in Florida and that adding Campbell worked once for him already.

"It was very similar to why we brought him into Chicago [in 2008]," the former Hawks GM said. "It gives us credibility. He had eight teams he could select to go to and we weren't one of those teams. He made the commitment to us, to come to Florida. That says a lot. That's really important for us."

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

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