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Flames GM Feaster really wants to get rid of Mike Cammalleri

Jun 28, 2013, 11:40 AM EDT

Jay Feaster AP

Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster wants everyone to know that Mike Cammalleri is available to be had.

Feaster met with the media this morning in New Jersey to discuss the team and the topic of what Cammalleri’s future in Calgary is came up. He says there’s not much trade interest in the veteran forward, but encourages GMs to pick up the phone if they’re curious.

“My number is in the directory,” Feaster said. “Give me a call.”

There are a couple reasons why other GMs aren’t burning up his phone to get Cammalleri for themselves.

First off, his salary cap hit next season is $6 million. While it’s the final year of his contract, that’s a monster cap hit to take on in a season where the cap is down to $64.3 million.

Secondly, he’s owed $7 million in salary next season on the final year of his contract. Some teams could stomach the large cap hit if they don’t have to pay out big salary. That’s far from the case here.

If the Flames want someone to take Cammalleri off their hands, they’re going to have to eat some cap space and/or salary dollars to make it work.

  1. Exiled1 - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Why does this guy still have a job?

    • bucrightoff - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      Because ownership likes puppets so long as they’re making money.

  2. davebabychreturns - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    There is no “or” when it comes to salary and cap hit in retained salary transactions. Calgary can retain a percentage of Cammalleri’s contract and that will mean paying him that percentage of his salary as well as taking on that same percentage of his cap hit for the remainder of the deal.

  3. 19to77 - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Another chapter in the pitiful Feaster saga. Gotta be just about the worst GM still employed.

  4. rushledger - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Feaster is the worst gm and he’s managing the worst team. I never once heard of the two prospects they got in the inginla deal and I’m a die hard pens fan who keeps up with the prospects and Scranton. This is like watching someone try to put up a house fire with a super soaker, so in that aspect it’s mildly amusing.

  5. rrock5251 - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    GMs-If you can’t afford to pay the player what YOU agreed to pay him to GET him in the first place, & keep him away from everyone else who wants him too, DON’T OFFER SO MUCH!! Greedy Bastards! After their contracts are up, you know everyone will want a raise! So make it more “affordable” at the start!! Then you can’t complain later!! Get some forsight for your game!!! That’s a quality you are supposed to have & why your prospective team hired you!! Are you going to complain next time YOUR contract comes up, & tell your boss (we all have one) you DON’T want a raise—for the integrity of the game?? You better!! lol….c’mon, geez!! Funny, Ken Holland gets it done!! Grow-up!!

  6. timmeh022 - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Good luck moving him, Jay.

    As a Flames fan, I WANT Feaster out after the draft. I hope he makes smart decisions (I can’t say that without laughing) and gets through it, then Ken King lets him walk. I understand with it being this close to the draft you may not have wanted to change GM’s; fine. Get him out of there after the draft and start the rebuild right.

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