Campbell is out, but the Sharks D isn't going to be without a top tier showing, at least in name.
According to the Mercury News blogger David Pollak, the Sharks have enlisted Former Kings' vet Rob Blake to a 1 year contract for $5 million.
While not a huge contributor on paper, (9-31-40 in 07-08) his experience will no doubt be the key to the young San Jose defense corps in the coming year. And he would have plenty more opportunities to light the lamp with the more agile lines of the Sharks.
Another name buzzing about is Dan Boyle, the Lightning's big 'n burly sniper, who would be a really solid addition and a capable replacement for the departed Campbell. While he is coming off of an injury-troubled season, if he can stay healthy, he is young enough to make a long term contribution and balance the age differential created by Blake.
I too had begun to despair about the coming season and all of the UFA disappearing acts, but there seems to be a spark and perhaps some fire left in Doug Wilson's bag of tricks.