Brian Campbell used to have Sharks fans around his finger. He was the greatest thing since sliced bread.
After coming to San Jose midseason during the 2007-08 campaign, Campbell made a huge splash the rest of the regular season.
In 20 games, Campbell scored three goals and tallied 19 points. But one of his three goals came in dramatic fashion.
With his team barely holding on to a one-goal lead with under two minutes left against the Canadiens, Campbell scored on a spin-o-rama move. Almost instantly after receiving a pass from Joe Thornton, Campbell entered the zone, spun around backwards fooling the defenseman, and then scored via five-hole.
But once the playoffs started, Campbell scored just one goal in 13 games and played lousily defensively.
However, Sharks fans still wanted him to sign long-term, considering Thornton was a childhood friend and the Sharks needed a puck-moving defenseman.
But Campbell bolted like the rent-a-player he was during free agency and signed a big contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Although I don't condone Sharks fans booing Campbell whenever he touches the puck like they currently do when the Chicago defenseman plays in San Jose, it is understandable.
San Jose loved him, but Campbell didn't love San Jose back.
How does the saying go? Hell hath no fury like a city scorned?
Where have I heard that this season?
Oh yes, Oilers media people used that saying about Dany Heatley, who never even played for Edmonton.
But now I'm rambling about a story that is meant for another day, like last week when the Sharks played up in Alberta.
Anyways, Campbell ain't going to be remembered for his tenure in San Jose, that is for certain.