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Gregory Campbell cool with potential move to wing

LOWELL –€” Though he tossed the first pitch prior to Wednesday’€™s Spinner’€™s game, Gregory Campbell [1] will not be a pitcher next season. From there, it gets tougher to narrow down which position he’€™ll play.

Campbell, who has centered Boston’€™s fourth line since the B’€™s acquired the former second-round pick in a trade with the Panthers prior to the 2010-11 season, is due to see plenty of change in the coming season. For starters, Shawn Thornton [2] is gone. Daniel Paille [3] may move up to replace Loui Eriksson on the third line. Plus, with Ryan Spooner and Alexander Khokhlachev knocking on the NHL [4]‘€™s door, Campbell may be moved to wing. Peter Chiarelli said the possibility has been discussed and that the team feels he’€™d be able to handle it. [5]

Discussing the possibility of the position switch for the first time, Campbell told WEEI.com he would put up no fight if moved to the wing.

“I’€™ve been a center for the last four years, but I’€™m not going to [demand anything]. I want to be in a spot where I can complement other guys,” Campbell said. “If they throw me with whoever it is and I have to play wing and we’€™re a successful line, then so be it. That’€™s where I want to be. I have played center for a long time, so it may take me a few games, but I’€™m sure I can do it.”

The position wouldn’€™t be completely new for Campbell. He played some wing over the course of his five-season tenure with the Panthers, and he’€™s confident he’€™d be able to swing it.

“I played wing in Florida for a while in different seasons,”€ he said. “€œI think the last season I was in Florida I was actually a winger, so I’€™m comfortable with doing that. Obviously I haven’€™t played wing in some time now, but it’€™s a position that I think is easy to adapt to. It’€™s not necessary an easy position to play, but the responsibilities are a little different and I’€™m used to those responsibilities and would welcome the challenge.”

The Bruins are no strangers to moving veteran centers to the wing. Just last season, Chris Kelly [6] was moved to left wing to accommodate Carl Soderberg. In 2011, the B’€™s traded for Rich Peverley [7] and made him a wing on Kelly’€™s line.

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