Rangers Given Permission to Talk to Brian Campbell

Greg CaggianoSenior Writer IJune 22, 2008

I have just learned along with the New York Post that San Jose Shark's general manager Doug Wilson has given Glen Sather and the Rangers permission to talk to defense man Brian Campbell a week before the free agency period in the NHL begins.

Although I feel that Campbell is higly overrated, he does do a good job at quarterbacking the power play, something that the Rangers desperately need. But at what price?

Right now it is believed he wants between $6-7 million and that's a price that may be too high for the Rangers, who still have captain Jaromir Jagr and others to re-sign this off season.

The Rangers aren't alone in talks with Campbell but they do offer something that other teams can't, and that's Chris Drury—Campbell's longtime friend and roommate in Buffalo.

It may be possible for the Rangers to get Campbell to lower his asking price just enough to sign him. This seems even more true when the Rangers rejected an offer from Michal Rozsival (you don't know how happy I was upon hearing that), who wanted to re-up with the Rangers. His deal was reportedly a four-year deal worth $20 million.

If the Rangers were to sign Campbell, they would owe the Sharks a draft pick, either 2nd or 3rd round.

In just one week, free agency will begin—one of the most exciting times of the year for die-hard hockey fans!