Mike Cammalleri Signs Deal with New Jersey

NHL unrestricted free agent forward Mike Cammalleri has signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the New Jersey Devils.

The 32-year-old spent the past two-and-a-half seasons with the Calgary Flames, carrying much the offensive load for the team following the departure of Jarome Iginla. Cammallleri was an unrestricted free agent as of July 1st.

The 2013-2014 season saw Cammalleri play out the final year of a 5-year, $30 million contract that he signed with the Montreal Canadiens in 2009. Though injuries limited Cammalleri to 63 games this past season, he still led the Flames in goals with 26 and finished third in team scoring with 45 points. (SIA Profile)

After the Flames tried unsuccessfully to move him at the trade deadline, the 12-year veteran had 12 goals for 23 points in Calgary’s last 21 games of the season, when the Flames went 12-9-0 to finish 27th in the league.

The native of Richmond Hill, Ont., has a history of performing in the post-season. In 32 career playoff games with the Flames and Canadiens, the majority of them with the Habs, Cammalleri has 32 points including 17 goals.

Originally drafted by Los Angeles in 2001 in the second round (49th overall), Cammalleri played five seasons for the Kings before being traded prior to the 2008 season to Calgary, where he set career highs in goals (39), powerplay goals (19) and points (82) in 81 games. Signed as a free agent to his freshly-expired contract with Montreal the following off-season, Cammalleri was traded back to Calgary in a 2012 deal that also saw Karri Ramo and Rene Bourque swap respective NHL clubs.

Cammalleri has recorded 236 goals for 502 points in 669 regular season NHL games with the Kings, Flames and Canadiens.

 

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