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Brian Campbell agrees to contract with Blackhawks

Defenseman returns to Chicago after five seasons in Florida

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Defenseman Brian Campbell and the Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms on a one-year contract Friday. It has a salary of $1.5 million with bonuses that could make it worth $2.25 million, according to ESPN.

Tweet from @bcampbell_51: Wow am I lucky to be back playing for the @NHLBlackhawks pic.twitter.com/UIeBO9Q5Ec

Campbell, 37, remains one of the NHL's smoothest skaters and durable players, having played five seasons with the Florida Panthers without missing a game. Campbell has been instrumental in the development of the Panthers' young defensemen, especially 2014 top draft pick Aaron Ekblad.  

At 5-foot-10 and 192 pounds, Campbell isn't an imposing figure. He's not known as a shot-blocker or a big hitter, but during the past decade there have been few players better at skating the puck out of the defensive zone. Campbell led the Panthers in time on ice in each of his five seasons there, and though he's not the 53-point scorer he was in his first season with them, he's still offensively useful; he had six goals and 31 points in 2015-16 that raised his career totals to 82 goals and 405 assists. Campbell had an NHL career-best plus-31 rating last season, when he became the 305th NHL player to skate in 1,000 games.

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