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Campbell wants to return to Blackhawks: report

Veteran defenseman would take lesser salary to play in Chicago, where he won Cup in 2010

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Defenseman Brian Campbell said he would like to return to the Chicago Blackhawks when he becomes a free agent and would do so for a lesser salary.

"I will take a discount to play here in Chicago," Campbell told the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday. "But it's got to be something I can be comfortable with. Now I just have to wait till Friday to get something done."

Campbell signed an eight-year, $57 million contract with the Blackhawks as a free agent prior to the 2008-09 season and played for Chicago through 2010-11, winning the Stanley Cup in 2010. He will be an unrestricted free agent Friday.

"I'm hopeful," Campbell said. "A lot of people know it's my No. 1 place I'd like to play. So I'll wait and see, and hopefully it all works out."

He was traded to the Florida Panthers for Rostislav Olesz on June 25, 2011, and played the past five seasons for them.

Campbell, who turned 37 on May 23, had six goals and 25 assists for the Panthers this season. The report said he would be willing to sign a one-year contract.

"Right now, I'm just enjoying playing hockey and not trying to look too far ahead," he said. "I feel like I'm going to play more than one year, but I don't want to [sign] anything and not be happy with it. I still have a lot of desire. I'm not chasing money. If I can keep playing then I'll keep playing. I want to be happy."

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