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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils left wing Mike Cammalleri admitted today that he did not feel well initially after taking an elbow to the jaw from Dallas’ Jamie Benn in a 3-2 shootout loss Oct. 24, but didn’t tell anyone on the team about it in hope he could play through it.
Cammalleri didn’t miss a shift in that game and even took the Devils’ first shot in the shootout (which they lost 2-0). He then played in the team’s 3-2 overtime win the next night in Ottawa as well before informing the Devils he wasn’t feeling right.
He’ll be back in the Devils’ lineup tonight in Boston after missing six games with a suspected concussion.
“I just tried to get through it, maybe against my better judgment,” Cammalleri said. “I just tried to hope that it would get better, I would feel better and just try to get through it. I was lying to myself, probably.”
continued and some Ryane Clowe talk too...
If you don't follow Paul on Twitter, you should for many reasons, including the fact that he posts a significant amount of content that doesn't quite make blog standards, generally because it's more "talk" than "news" (and we want you to get the news here on KK, not the fluffernutter). Three of those kinds stories follow:
1. Tomas Kaberle is 36, he posted a less-than-enthralling 4 goals, 20 assists and a -8 in 48 games with HC Kladno of the Czech Extraliga this past season (and 3 assists and a -5 in 5 games for the Czech Olympic team; I'm not sure if the pass-first-past-second-and-pass-third defenseman ever shoots the puck), but he showed up at Biosteel Sports' pro camp in Toronto on Monday, and in addition to reminiscing upon his time spent in Toronto, Kaberle told the National Post's Michael Traikos that he's got a try-out deal in the works...
“It’s not in Ontario,” Kaberle said Monday at the BioSteel Pro Hockey Camp at St. Michael’s College. “I’m planning to stay around here if possible, so we’ll see what’s going to happen in the next few weeks.”
Kaberle discussed his decision to spend a year with his hometown team...
This past July brought more than a couple of eyebrow-raising free agent signings, but the New Jersey Devils' signing of Mike Cammalleri to a 5-year, $25-million contract was my biggest "WHAT?" moment. Today, the Hockey News's Ryan Kennedy explains why the unlikely marriage occurred:
“He played with an edge and had results,” [New Jersey Devils GM Lou] Lamoriello said. “He’s very diligent and he competes. When you see that in a player, it naturally sticks out. When we were looking at the potential free agencies and the type of player we needed, we felt we needed a scorer. Mike stood right out, and he was one of the top players we looked at, if not the top player.”
The money and especially the term were a huge vote of confidence to Cammalleri, who says the courtship lasted longer than the free agent negotiating period. His best years are behind him, but he remains a useful scorer who can play among the top six forwards. The Devils are taking a leap of faith on him, but it works both ways.
“What attracted me to the Devils was the success they’ve had, the template, the way they do things,” Cammalleri said. “I have a belief in how things are done that leads to successes.”
Nick Kypreos says $5M for 5 years.
TSN's Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger chatted with the NHL Network's Rob Roe on Tuesday evening, and they made some surprising statements.
- According to both McKenzie and Dreger, John Tortorella's snub of Roberto Luongo in the Heritage Classic did in fact prompt Luongo's agent, Pat Brisson, to ask if he could speak to several NHL teams about moving his client;
- The gents also claim that the Canucks want to trade Ryan Kesler and Alex Edler independently of the Luongo situation, with Kesler willing to go to Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit Anaheim and possibly other teams (but not the Rangers), and that the Canucks will hold out for the best offer, even if that means trading Kesler at another time;
- The New York Rangers are still considering re-signing Ryan Callahan, signing and trading him or just trading him;
- The Buffalo Sabres are at least considering moving Matt Moulson, perhaps to Los Angeles, but Calgary's Mike Camalleri is also another "goal-scoring winger" on the market, as might be Chris Stewart, but the Sabres in particular cannot carry any more salary in making trades;
- The Sabres may consider moving Christian Ehrhoff or Tyler Myers, and the Red Wings may be interested, specifically in Ehrhoff, but the Wings are in a "transition year," so Ken Holland has to decide whether he's willing to bite on the Sabres' price;
- And regarding Cammalleri, he, Moulson, Ales Hemsky and Thomas Vanek's futures are somewhat intertwined, with Hemsky and Cammalleri serving as the fall-back plans for the teams that don't land Kesler.
ESPN's Pierre LeBrun also penned a late-evening blog entry updating the Kesler situation, confirming that the Canucks feel no need to "settle" for anything less than their asking price:
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Via Chris Nichols, the Calgary Sun's Eric Francis reports that the Calgary Flames are going to trade Mike Cammalleri as the 31-year-old mini-mite is intent upon testing the unrestricted free agent marketplace:
Flames acting GM Brian Burke revealed last week the Flames offered Cammalleri a contract extension, one which is almost certainly several million dollars less a year than he will get on the open market.
So he will leave Calgary via trade. He has submitted a list of seven teams he would not go to — as per his contractual rights — and will now wait to hear his fate.
Only question now is how much he will go for. If Burke can wrangle up a first-round draft pick for a rental the exercise will have been considered an unmitigated success.
A second-rounder would also suffice, assuming it would come with a young prospect of some sort.
A third-rounder in return would be considered a fail unless the deal also includes a decent prospect.
The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch offers a smorgasbord of rumor news in his last pre-trade-deadline Sunday missive, but the best way to summarize his statements involves encapsulating the following and letting you read on from there:
TOP 5 SELLERS
- BUFFALO SABRES - GM Tim Murray made a huge move Friday by dealing goaltender Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott to the St. Louis Blues. He isn’t finished yet, he still has Matt Moulson and anyone else up for grabs.
- EDMONTON OILERS - Craig MacTavish has been trying to make moves all year and he’s made a couple of deals. He’d like to move forward Ales Hemsky and will retain salary. A lot of teams will try to make a bigger deal for winger Jordan Eberle.
- N.Y. ISLANDERS - Losing captain John Tavares to injury gives GM Garth Snow the green light to move left wing Thomas Vanek and defenceman Andy MacDonald. Vanek might be the most sought-after player and MacDonald won’t be far behind.
- NASHVILLE PREDATORS - This might be a bit of a surprise but they are a longshot to make the playoffs. A lot of teams have called about centre David Legwand. He may not be the only one to go. Wouldn’t be surprised to see many gone.
- CALGARY FLAMES - Interim GM Brian Burke hasn’t made any bold moves since he took over but you can expect him to be busy. The club would like to keep UFA Mike Cammalleri but it’s doubtful he’ll stay. There are options for buyers.
Garrioch goes from there, listing his top 5 buyers, discussing Markov to Edmonton(?), the Stars' situation, news from Long Island, New York City, San Jose, Calgary, etc...
And this is just me, but if Garth Snow wants a top prospect, a 1st rounder and a 2nd rounder for Thomas Vanek, I may have considered that before Vanek confirmed that he wanted to test the maret...But now that he embarrassed himself and the Austrian Olympic team by going out and getting blotto with some teammates prior to battling Slovenia, I wouldn't touch him with a ten-foot pole.
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As expected, Cammalleri would not lean one way or another but perhaps some of you may want to read between the lines.
Cammalleri will have UFA status in July and is rumored to be one of the top 4 players available at the trade deadline.
George here on the late shift, and as the trade deadline is now under two months away (albeit interspersed with a during-the-Olympics roster freeze), the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch's weekly trade rumor roundup is chock full of info, including a lead-off that this Wings fan wouldn't mind seeing happen:
Mike Cammalleri might want to hold off on purchasing any real estate in Calgary. He is most likely on the move.
With the NHL trade deadline set for March 5, many league executives view the 31-year-old Cammalleri as one of the most attractive options available for teams that want a forward who can make an impact.
Making $6 million in the final year of his contract, he’s coveted by several teams and we’re told Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke has been getting phone calls from contenders who are willing to ante up to get Cammalleri.
Sources say the Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks and Detroit Red Wings all have an interest in Cammalleri. It’s believed Kings coach Darryl Sutter and Detroit’s Mike Babcock would both welcome him.
Cammalleri has been in L.A. before so it would be a nice fit but there’s a chance the Montreal Canadiens may try to bring him back.
Garrioch continues at length, discussing the Jets (fewer moves likely), whether Nazem Kadri's really "in play" or whether the Leafs' management is trying to motivate him by name-dropping instead, whether Ryan Miller will be moved, and Garrioch also confirms that the Hurricanes are willing to hold a fire sale again...
But you'll have to forgive my wishful thinking because the Wings passed on Cammalleri, who was starring at the University of Michigan back in 2001, to pick Igor Grigorenko instead.
from Jonas Siegel of TSN,
Mike Cammalleri was one of 100 or so NHL players on a conference call with the players association earlier this week, consensus largely shared amongst the participants.
"What can I tell you, guys unanimously feel the same way about it and the feeling guys are saying is they've offered us nothing," said the Flames winger, following an hour-long workout with a group of peers at a midtown Toronto rink. "It just really feels like a shakedown for the players. That's kind of the feeling across the board."...
"It's disappointing that the approach for Gary [Bettman] and the ownership group has been to make these hard dates and final offers and not budging and on and on," said Cammalleri. "There's no real answer to why except 'We think we can lock you out and your careers are short and we can shake you down'. Not a good feeling."
via Nick Kypreos tweet,
Told #Canadiens Cammalleri has been pulled off ice for 3rd period by team. Also told he is not hurt. A trade could possibly be in the works
via Bob McKenzie tweet,
Reports are that MTL has pulled Cammalleri out of the game, put him in cab to team hotel to await further instructions. Trade is possibility
added 9:30pm, another tweet from McKenzie,
Mike Cammalleri has been told he’s been traded. Doesn’t know where yet.
added 9:45pm, via Lyle Richardson tweet,
Cammalleri traded back to Calgary Flames
added 9:51pm, McKenzie again,
A Montreal player says Cammalleri has been traded to CGY for Rene Bourque. Wait to see what else is involved.
CALGARY, AB—The Calgary Flames announced today that they have acquired former Flame centre Michael Cammalleri, goaltender Karri Ramo and a 5th round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forwards Rene Bourque, Patrick Holland and a 2nd pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
“Mike Cammalleri is a dynamic player who enjoyed great success playing in Calgary,” stated Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “We believe Cammalleri will help our offensive production, solidify a second scoring line, bolster our power play, and bring another strong veteran voice to our room. We are confident that a return to Calgary will be good for Mike and good for our continued pursuit of a playoff berth.”
Also changed the headline to reflect the trade.
After a day where a lot was said, the Habs speak up about their star sniper speaking out.
Following the Habs’ Wednesday morning practice in Brossard, Michael Cammalleri expressed his frustration to a few members of the Montreal media regarding the team’s performance in 2011-12. By the time Wednesday evening rolled around, Cammalleri’s words had become the focus of a city equally frustrated by a hockey season plagued with injuries, coaching controversies and a lack of production. The Canadiens took the opportunity Thursday in Boston to clear the air and set the record straight.
“Yesterday was a little bit crazy,” began Cammalleri, addressing the throng of media surrounding his stall in the visitor’s dressing room in Boston. “I’m obviously not happy. It’s an emotional game and we’re sitting in 12th spot. It’s not fun to lose, you always want to win and you always want to do more.
“I made some comments after my interview yesterday,” continued Cammalleri, who for his part has registered an uncharacteristically low total of nine goals after 37 games this season. “I thought they were pretty PC comments regarding the competitive advantage a winning team has in their mentality, and the lack thereof of a losing team. I didn’t think it was ground-breaking news.”
From Bill Beacon of the CP via the Globe & Mail:
Montreal Canadiens sniper Michael Cammalleri says having superstar Sidney Crosby speak out about headshots will help other NHL players voice opinions on what used to be a taboo subject.
“What the immediate effect is for me is that it allows other players now to come out and say ‘OK, it’s not uncool to say what I really believe, and that I’m not a soft player because I don’t think we should have headshots. I’m not a player a general manager won’t want on his team. I’m now going to voice that opinion,“’ Cammalleri said Wednesday as the Canadiens gathered for their annual charity golf tournament.
“I think it’s very good of Sid to be able to do that. He’s under a big microscope, the biggest in our game, and I commend him for doing that. I think that it’s important that we don’t be ignorant to what’s going on in our game.”
“I try to stay hydrated and use different things that kind of give you the minerals and vitamins you need. I’ve never been in that situation myself, but a few guys do it. It doesn’t look too pleasant.
“I’m no MD, so I’m not going to be like Mark Recchi and diagnose the other team.”
-Mike Cammalleri of the Montreal Canadiens when asked if he has experienced dehydration. More from Matt Kalman of The Bruins Blog.
With Andrei Markov and Josh Gorges out for the season, the Montreal Canadiens must now get used to life without Jeff Halpern, for at least a few days, and Mike Cammalleri, for probably a month. A few reinforcements are on the way, in the form of Andreas Engqvist and Ryan White, but winning teams generally aren’t made of reinforcements.
The infirmary is buzzing. The Bulldogs are coming. Can the Habs weather the storm? A few observations.
That was a gutsy Buffalo win last night (2-1 in overtime) over division rival Montreal. There was a whole lot of hitting, yapping, pushing and shoving going on. Why we don’t see more of this nasty attitude from the Sabres is the subject of another conversation.
Having a threat like Mike Cammalleri off the ice for most of the game certainly made the task less formidable, but beggars can’t be choosers. And let’s not forget that Buffalo was missing its most potent point getter (Derek Roy, 35 points in 35 games) and goal scorer (Drew Stafford, 15 goals in 30 games). Stafford suffered a groin injury early, and it looks like he’s going to miss some time.
Great move by coach Lindy Ruff breaking up the Tyler Myers-Andrej Sekera pairing on the blue line. The 20-year old Calder Trophy winner seems better off with a stay at home veteran as his defense partner. Ruff felt that way during training camp when he originally played Shaone Morrisonn with Myers, but a poor start by the free agent acquisition put a damper in those plans. Let’s see if it sticks this time.
Big sigh of relief that Max Pacioretty is going to be OK after a scary moment when he took a slap shot to the chest. Forgive me if my heart rate shooting up from being terrified upon first seeing it was an overreaction, but it’s partly the fault of having a selective memory. Clint Malarchuk and Richard Zednik can attest to the fact that Buffalo can be a pretty risky place to play sometimes.
Things probably won’t be much more pleasant for the Sabres on Thursday when they play in Boston. Whatever they put in their pasta yesterday should be bottled up and brought with them on the trip.
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from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Herald,
Now fully healthy, Cammalleri had a great meal with a couple of old friends Sunday night.
He got together with Flames Jarome Iginla and Craig Conroy and gossiped as much as the Montreal media.
“I got the full Hotstove. I got all the scoops. I can tell you guys everything that’s going on,” he said with a smile.
He didn’t reveal any specifics, of course, but said the meeting of the minds was just like old times. The three of them are similar when it comes to passion for the game, but that’s where similarities end.
“Those are my two dinner buddies, so it was right back into the old mix. The first five minutes there are kind of like pleasantries because you haven’t seen each other for a little while. After that, it’s a lot of opinionated banter back and forth and not much agreeing with each other,” Cammalleri said.
The discussion topic?
“Hockey,” he said. “All three of us are GMs, owners, players, coaches and media all at once.
“It was just like old times.”
Mid-game against the Bruins, an entertaining affair that has Boston up 2-0, and now we learn Mike Cammalleri is gone for the night with an injury. Not good. Cammalleri. Josh Gorges. Andrei Markov. A hobbling Roman Hamrlik. How much more of this can the Habs take before they’re sunk? They seem be have turned things around the last week, after a fairly porous seven game stretch. But can they really continue at their current level missing so many important bodies?
The best news so far tonight is that Benoit Pouliot and David Desharnais really do look as if they’re developing some chemistry. But that’s not going to be enough to offset the losses of people like Markov, Cammalleri and Gorges.
Hamrlik, well, ok, they can probably absorb that. Although he is back and playing through the pain tonight. Good for him.
10:25 PM: Elliotte Friedman has reported via Twitter that Cammalleri, according to Jacques Martin, left the game because he was ill. If true, this is good news for Habs fans. Oh, and what an end to that hockey game!
Interesting day on the farm in Habsland. Max Pacioretty, in a radio interview with Tony Marinaro of the Team 990, expanded on an RDS article that noted he’d rather stay in the AHL for the season than be called up to Montreal. Many interpret his comments as a slight against Jacques Martin, as he noted that former coach Guy Carbonneau gave him lots of confidence by reassuring him and working with him, yet under Martin every time he made a mistake he ended up on the fourth line.
Pacioretty commented that it is better for his development to play second line in Hamilton, even if he stays for the full year, than it is to play fourth line in Montreal. And you know what? That’s refreshing. Too often guys think they deserve to be in the NHL from the start, but as we know most need seasoning. For the record, Pacioretty and former college roommate Aaron Palushaj are tearing up Hamilton in the early going, with 12 points in ten games and nine points in five games respectively.
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
There are two reasons why nobody should be surprised that Michael Cammalleri has drawn a suspension for delivering a high stick to the face of New York Islanders player Nino Niederreiter, followed by a two-hander to the back of the rookie’s leg.
The first: NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell judged Cammalleri’s irrational meltdown sufficiently dangerous to get him on the telephone to explain his side of it.
The second: Whenever Campbell has a one-on-one with a player, it’s not a matter of “if” -but for how long.
Know something? Yesterday was Cammalleri’s lucky day. When Campbell gets you on the telephone, the suspension is almost always anywhere from three to five games.
Montreal Canadiens forward Michael Cammalleri has been suspended for one game for an incident involving New York Islanders player Nino Niederreiter in NHL pre-season game #92 on Saturday, Oct. 2.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Cammalleri will forfeit $32,258.06. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
The Montreal Canadiens will be without Mike Cammalleri on Thursday night when they open the season against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Cammalleri was suspended for an incident that took place in the Canadiens’ final pre-season game Saturday night against the New York Islanders. More from the NHL.com release:
via the CP at TSN,
Montreal Canadiens winger Michael Cammalleri was ejected from a pre-season game Saturday night for a nasty slash to the ankle of New York Islanders rookie Nino Niederreiter.
Cammalleri, one of Montreal’s top scoring forwards, was handed a slashing major and a game misconduct at 16:52 of the second period at the Pepsi Colisee and may face further discipline.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
In the midst of the mayhem that is playoff hockey, Mike Cammalleri is an island of order.
Look at his sticks and they are neatly numbered. He’s up to 85 on the season now.
Look at his skates and they, too, are numbered. He’s on pair No. 7 now.
Not superstitious, just ordered.
“Now I know these are No. 7s, so I don’t mix up this right one with a left one that’s not, you know what I mean? It’s that simple,” he said. “I’ll score a goal with a stick, and if the other one feels better the next period, I’ll use it. It’s all feel.”
If you went to his condominium, there would be order there, too.
from Brian Compton of NHL.com,
His team has failed to score and is 0-for-8 on the power play, but he swears his confidence is not wavering as the series shifts to Montreal for Games 3 and 4 on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.
Cammalleri spoke with the media after his team’s latest loss.
Q: Do you feel you guys are generating enough chances?
Cammalleri: “We probably generated more than them tonight. That’s sports, man. That’s how it goes. Sometimes they don’t go in like you’d like them to. But we live to fight another day.”
Q: You guys clearly outplayed in the first period and were outshooting them 2-to-1. Are you creating enough traffic in front of Leighton?
Cammalleri: “He’s played well for them and they’ve done some things well. I’m not going to say they haven’t. Tonight, I thought we did a lot better job. I thought we were pretty good. We created some good chances and had some Grade-A type scoring chances where we’d like to finish. I don’t know really what else to say about that. We just keep going here and get ‘em at home.”
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Watch Mike Cammalleri the next time he scores a goal.
It won’t be a one-man celebration. He’ll skate straight to his teammates first or wait for them to join him so they can celebrate as a team. It’s what he learned from his parents growing up in Richmond Hill, playing hockey for the AAA Toronto Red Wings and going to The Country Day School in King City.
“That was our philosophy,” says Craig Clarke, Cammalleri’s coach for five years from minor atom on in the Red Wings organization. “We had a reputation of being an ultimate team. And Mike focused on what had to be done, not on what had just been done.”
Cammalleri talked about there being a “Toronto” way to play hockey when his Montreal Canadiens, with fellow GTA natives P.K. Subban (Rexdale), Glen Metropolit (Regent Park) and Dominic Moore (Thornhill) all contributing significantly to the Habs’ playoff victory over Pittsburgh.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Michael Cammalleri (he told reporters in Montreal on Monday he prefers it to Mike, but really doesn’t care) has been on fire with eight postseason goals, one off the league lead as of Monday morning. He has scored in six of nine postseason games, including two goals in the Habs’ big 3-1 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday that tied the series at 1.
It’s a stark change from a year ago, when Cammalleri had one goal in six games for Calgary in a first-round loss to Chicago….
The 5-foot-9 forward said he doesn’t really understand the idea that the size of the Habs’ small forwards, often referred to as “Smurfs,” would be a factor in the playoffs.
“It’s hockey,” Cammalleri said. “The puck’s on the ice. Sometimes I don’t understand that notion. It’s not basketball where the net’s 10 feet in the air, but what can I tell you?”
Mike Cammaller will have an MRI on his leg and resuls won’t be known until Monday, but it sure doesn’t look good for him.
Let the video play, you’ll see multiple angles at the end.
Ken Campbell of The Hockey News has a nice chat with Mike, who discusses what it will be like playing for Montreal.
According to Sportsnet’s trade tracker, Mike Cammalleri has been signed by the Montreal Canadiens for 5 years, $6 million per year.
Update 8:07 pm ET: From the Canadiens—
The Habs weren’t the only NHL team trying to woo the shifty winger, who is coming off a career year with the Flames that saw him notch a career-high 39 goals and 82 points this past season.
“There were about four or five teams interested, but Bob Gainey showed interest right away,” admitted Cammalleri. “I’ve got a ton of respect for Bob Gainey and Jacques Martin. The Canadiens wanted me and showed me the commitment I was looking for.”
from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,
Dropped into a slippery series hole, frustrated by otherworldly netminding, playoff light growing ever dimmer, Michael Cammalleri insisted he isn’t depressed.
He feels…well . . . fortunate. Blessed even.
“Our mindset is—we better thank our lucky stars that we’re good enough to beat anybody, even down two-oh,” Cammalleri said Saturday after the Calgary Flames fell 3-2—again—to the Chicago Blackhawks in the National Hockey League’s first-round series. “We’re not a team that’s going to get buried. We’ve made it hard on ourselves. We would have liked for that not to have happened . . . but thank goodness this group is confident enough to beat anybody.
“We’ve got five games left—we have to get four wins.”
Mike Cammalleri delivers a right forearm/elbow to the head of Martin Havlat.
from George Johnson at ESPN,
“I like it here. I enjoy the city. This is a contending team and should be for quite a while. What’ll happen? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.”
Cammalleri is being coy. But the Cammy Quandary is the hot topic in Calgary these days. It seems as if he has just arrived, yet already is preparing to become an unrestricted free agent July 1. On short notice, the University of Michigan product has become one of the most popular players in a town that reveres its hockey stars like Aztec gods.
But there is bad that goes with the good. He should by all rights turn in that 13 stitched on the back of his sweater for a “$$.” Every time Cammalleri scores another goal, the sound you hear in the distance is his personal cash register going ka-ching!.
That bittersweet sound must be driving GM Darryl Sutter slightly mad.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
When the Flames acquired Cammalleri from the Los Angeles Kings, they understood there was a chance they might only keep him for one year, at which point he could leave as an unrestricted free agent (and with the dollars tied up in Kiprusoff, Iginla and Dion Phaneuf, there may not be a lot left over for Cammalleri).
It doesn’t mean they’ll trade him either.
The reality is this: If you’re a good team, and this year, Calgary is a good team, you don’t trade an important puzzle piece just because your chances of re-signing him next year may be negligible.
more and numerous NHL topics discussed…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
“We had guys, to be quite honest, after March 1 we didn’t know they were on our team any more — and they were pretty high-profile guys,” Sutter said bluntly. “From a personnel standpoint, I think we’ve lacked those tough-area guys the last couple of years, which nobody talks about. Everybody wants to talk about skill. We went to more skill after the lockout; and we had more skill, but maybe we didn’t have enough of a compete level at the top end of our team.
“I think we can work with these [new] guys. They want to play here. They’re good-sized kids who can skate and score dirty goals. I like that about them.”
Cammalleri saw the move to Calgary as an opportunity for a fresh start.
from Steven Noble of the Calgary Sun,
Mike Cammalleri has taken his Italian heritage and his family’s tomato sauce with him wherever he’s gone.
Now the new Flames sniper is looking forward to bringing it to Calgary—along with his goal-scoring touch.
“My dad has two brothers so those families and our family would all go to my grandparents’ house, we’d get 20 bushels of tomatoes and go in the garage from eight in the morning until six at night,” he says, recalling one of his favourite traditions.
from Inside the Kings,
Q: If you had to wager a guess; are you a member of the Los Angeles Kings next season?
Cammalleri: I would think so. My contract says that I am and I haven’t heard otherwise.
Q: Do you want to be back?
Cammalleri: I definitely want to be a King. It will be interesting to see what we do.
via the LA Kings,
The Los Angeles Kings have activated forward Michael Cammalleri from the injured reserve list, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Cammalleri, 25, has missed the last 17 Kings games due to a rib injury. He has played in 36 games this season and has 29 points (15-14=29). His 15 goals rank third on the team, 29 points rank fifth and nine power play goals rank second (tied with Anze Kopitar).
Derek Armstrong and Mike Cammalleri were on the Carson Daly show last night, (though it might have been a rerun? I’m not sure). Anyway, here’s their appearance, including an entertaining revelation about Armstrong at about the 5 minute mark that might keep you from inviting him over for dinner…
Thanks to a KK reader for sending the link…
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,
Quick, name the NHL’s leading goal-scorer heading into the weekend.
Rick Nash? Nope. Dany Heatley? Nope. Alexander Ovechkin? Nope.
Try Mike Cammalleri. The diminutive Los Angeles Kings forward has 10 goals in 11 games, but you’d be hard-pressed to find too many hockey fans who knew that. Despite leading the Kings in scoring last season with a career-high 80 points (34-46) in 81 games, Cammalleri doesn’t seem to get the notoriety he deserves around the league.
from Spector at his Fox Sports Blog,
Who would’ve believed:
Mike Cammalleri of the LA Kings would be the league’s leading goal scorer? As of this writing he leads all scorers with ten goals. He’s an emerging talent and could be poised to become a big star. Right now, he’s outshining teammates Anze Kopitar and Alex Frolov, as well as more big name “snipers” like Vincent Lecavalier, Dany Heatley, and Alexander Ovechkin.
more would you have believed…