The most surreal aspect of Brian Campbell's return to Chicago as an opponent on Friday night is that it's even happening. His 8-year, $57.1 million contract with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2008 made him, perhaps, the NHL's most unmovable player when also factoring in his no-trade clause.
Yet the Blackhawks found a way to escape that contract, in this case "a way" named former GM Dale Tallon, now with the Florida Panthers and the man who signed him to that contract. Campbell was traded at the draft for Rostislav Olesz.
Since then, Campbell's had an All-Star season and is considered the MVP for the still-surprising Panthers; Olesz is toiling in the AHL after being waived in November.
Perhaps most importantly, the talk of Campbell being an overpaid salary cap albatross has all but disappeared from the conversation.
Well, save for Chicago, where Randy Holt of Rant Sports wrote last week:
Obviously it's easy for us to sit here and say why the Hawks might/do m...