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He wont be jumping over rival players any time soon, but West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui will be hoping to make at least a small impact during this years AFL finals series. Cheap New Orleans Saints Jerseys 2018 .Naitanui is set to spend up to a year on the sidelines after undergoing surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee late last month.The injury has robbed West Coast of its best player for the upcoming finals series, which kicks off with Thursday nights elimination final against the Western Bulldogs at Domain Stadium.Journeyman Jonathan Giles and Scott Lycett will be forced to carry the ruck load in Naitanuis absence.But Eagles coach Adam Simpson says Naitanui will do his best behind the scenes to ensure West Coast go deep into the finals.Naitanui returned to the club last week following his successful operation, and he was around the players again on Monday.Just to see him around the club has been great for the players morale, Simpson said.I think hell provide input, in particular the ruck situation thats confronting our players.Im sure hell help with our ruck duties with (ruck coach) Dean Cox this week.Simpson is optimistic Naitanui will be able to return at the tail end of next season, rather than miss the entire 2017 campaign.Eagles captain Shannon Hurn said he and his teammates were feeling for Naitanui.Its a little bit of bad luck, Hurn said.Last year we had Mitch Brown and Eric Mackenzie (suffer knee injuries) as wellIts disappointing. But theres plenty of blokes who miss out.And Nics been touching on it a fair bit - worse things happen in life. Weve got to move on and play that extra one or two per cent better. New Orleans Saints TreQuan Smith Jersey . The native of Mont-Tremblant, Que., captured a World Cup downhill event Saturday, his second this year and fifth career victory on the circuit. New Orleans Saints Natrell Jamerson Jersey .J. -- Marty Brodeur beat the Pittsburgh Penguins yet again. http:///...rick-leonard-jersey/ . The Redskins announced Monday that the quarterback who led the team to the Super Bowl championship in the 1987 season will serve as a personnel executive. CHICAGO -- Brian Campbells 3-year-old daughter had soccer on Saturday morning, so his family skipped the Blackhawks scrimmage at the United Center. The grinning defenseman said he wasnt sure if her team was playing games yet, but she had to be there.No big deal. Campbell will get plenty of opportunities for family time this year.The 37-year-old Campbell is back in Chicago after spending the last five seasons in Florida, leaving some money on the table for a one-year deal and a second stint with the Blackhawks. His wife, Lauren, is from the region, and the couple and their two young daughters make their offseason home in the area.Its just great to wake up every morning and I know the area and my wifes extremely happy and the kids with school and everything just being ready to go, he said.The move was a no-brainer for Chicago, which lost Johnny Oduya during free agency last July and missed his veteran presence at times last season. With Campbell in the fold, the Blackhawks appear to be in great shape with their blue liners, with Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook leading a deep group of defensemen.Campbell, who helped Chicago win the Stanley Cup in 2010, had six goals and 25 assists in 82 games with the Panthers last season. He led NHL defensemen with a plus-31 plus-minus rating.Just such a real smart player, said Blackhawks assistant Kevin Dineen, who also coached Campbell for three seasons in Florida. I think his patience is a real key for us. He makes really quality plays. Hes been around for a while and he loves the game. He can skate all night.The Blackhawks love mobile defensemen who can help on the offensive side, and Campbell seems like a perfect fit for what they try to do. He assisted on Richard Paniks first goal of Saturdays scrimmage, the centerpiece of the teams annual training camp festival, and carried the puck all the way up the ice during another impressive sequence. Cheap Saints Jerseys Hoodies. Chicago is missing several players at the moment due to the World Cup of Hockey, but Campbell has made a smooth return to the Blackhawks so far.Theres a few things system-wise thats going to be different, Im sure. Its kind of tough to get into that right now, said Campbell, who played in every regular-season game while he was with the Panthers. But not much has changed. Theres a lot of the same staff, which is great, and the organization just keeps getting better every day.Campbell, a native of Strathroy, Ontario, played with a couple current Blackhawks during his first stint with the team, and he already has made an impression on his new teammates.Skating with him and seeing him out in these scrimmages, his poise with the puck and his play recognition and how he moves the puck up the ice and gets it away from us, goaltender Scott Darling said, were really happy to have him.Campbell, a four-time All-Star, broke into the NHL with Buffalo in 1999. He won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in 2012 after collecting four goals and 49 assists in 82 games with Florida, becoming the first defenseman since Red Kelly in 1954 to win the award.Coming off perhaps his best season -- Campbells plus-minus rating was a career best -- he doesnt appear to be worried about duplicating his form from a year ago.For me this year, its just work hard and produce and help out, he said. I expect a lot out of myself. I just want to be a good puck mover for this team, play well defensively. Those are the things I kind of did last year. Points will come, Im not worried about that aspect of the game. Just trying to win hockey games and help these young kids.---Jay Cohen can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jcohenap Cheap NFL Hoodies Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Jerseys NFL China Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping ' ' '