Campbell a great Plan B

DON BRENNAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

As someone who bounces back and forth from the Civic Centre to Scotiabank Place, I think I've seen Ottawa lawyer Larry Kelly more often at 67's games than at those played by the Senators.

Either way, he was out at The Bank last night, and Senators Fan has to hope while there he paid a visit to Bryan Murray's office.

Kelly, who represents defenceman Brian Campbell, told Buffalo News reporter John Vogl yesterday that last night's game against the Philadelphia Flyers would be the last for his client in a Sabres jersey.

It's believed the team's latest offer to the smooth-skating former 67's star was a three-year deal at about $5.75 million per season, and that Campbell, who is eligible to test the unrestricted free agent waters July 1, considers the money fine but the term unacceptable.

"I fully expect the Sabres to move him (before today's deadline)," Kelly told the News. "At 28 years old, Brian should be getting six or seven years."

Exactly, which is why Senators Fan has to hope Kelly met with Murray. The Senators GM makes no secret of his desire to land a defenceman like Campbell, and with the moves he is expected to make in the off-season, Murray should be able to meet those demands.

The Senators would probably have preferred Ottawa native Dan Boyle, but the star Tampa Bay blueliner inked a six-year, $40-million (all terms US) extension with the Lightning last night.

Campbell's a pretty darn good Plan B, and it's hard to imagine he couldn't be acquired in exchange for Andrej "Uh Oh" Meszaros and a draft pick, and/or a prospect of Brian Lee's ilk.

Murray makes that deal, and he's a gritty forward (Martin Lapointe?) away from leaving the Senators with just questionable goaltending as the only thing standing between them and contender status again.

STARTS AND STOPS

You know what's pathetic? What's pathetic is watching the Maple Leafs roll all over the Senators at SBP and seeing nobody in a red sweater getting noticeably pissed off. Not exactly sure what you should expect, but something or anything would be nice .... Another guy the Senators should try and swing a deal for: Rangers F Sean Avery. He'd answer Ottawa's glaring need for some grit and provide another source for scoring at the same time. Yes, New York is still very much in the thick of things, but GM Glen Sather has to be more than a little concerned that he won't be able to re-sign Avery, who is making $1.9 million and is eligible for UFA status in the summer. Funny now, isn't it, that the Blueshirts labelled Avery a "detriment to the team" in an arbitration brief last summer? Since he arrived in New York Feb. 5, 2007, the Rangers are 40-17-11 with Avery in the lineup and 9-13-3 in games he has missed ... Tip of the Cheapseats cap to Luke Richardson for playing his 1,400th NHL game last night -- a mere 20 years and four months after his first, as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs ...

BETWEEN PERIODS

Talking to Darcy Tucker in the Toronto dressing room after the morning skate, could've sworn I heard Jason Blake tell other Leafs of an 11-player trade that just went down making Olli Jokinen a Calgary Flame. Probably just a prank, but remember where you read this if such a multi-player deal goes down today ... Tucker, on why he refused to waive his "no-movement" clause and allow Cliff Fletcher to try and trade him out of Toronto: "Coming to the rink every day, you feel you have an obligation. Sometimes it's a curse, and sometimes you thrive off it. I know when we were in the playoffs, it helped us thrive. The building is full every night. You don't have nights where there's 4,000 people in the building, you don't have to find ways to drum up some energy. There's always energy in the building." With two goals in the second period last night, Tucker even put some life in SBP. All those people in blue and white were going crazy ... How is Nick Foligno handling the rumours that say he could be dealt today? "Honest to God, it hasn't affected me," said the Senators rookie. "This is my first trade deadline. I'm young, I'm learning as I go along. My dad (Mike) was traded a few times and I realize it's part of the game. But I'd definitely love to stay here." What are the chances of him doing so past 3 p.m.? 50-50?

ICE CHIPS

How many Leafs does it take to get a soccer ball down from a couple of ceiling pipes? Well, in their pre-game hallway warmup last night, it was 10, and even then it took a while ... Most impressive sight of the day had to be the unveiling of a Roger Neilson quilt made by Ottawa's Margaret Dunsmore. It took her a year and more than 100 donated ties to put it all together. The quilt was presented to Roger's House as part of last night's telethon ... Leafs coach Paul Maurice shook his head at all the talk of whether Mats Sundin should accept a trade out of Toronto. He also let it be known what he thought of Sundin's decision to stay put. "Clearly we would draft five Sidney Crosbys with the first five picks and return to glory in two months," he said sarcastically. "If people were inside our locker room and saw this guy on a daily basis, there would be only one opinion."


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