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Cammalleri signs with Devils — five years, $25 million

Jul 1, 2014, 12:51 PM EDT

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Mike Cammalleri wanted to cash in on the open market. Mission accomplished.

The New Jersey Devils signed the 32-year-old forward to a five-year, $25 million deal. Cammalleri spent the past two and a half seasons with Calgary and had 89 goals and 89 assists in 216 games with the Flames. He had been with Montreal and Los Angeles previously.

Cammalleri joins a Devils team in need of some extra offense. Jaromir Jagr, Patrik Elias, Travis Zajac and Adam Henrique led the way with the team last season and both Jagr and Elias aren’t exactly young anymore. Adding Cammalleri to that mix helps provide more punch to their top-six forwards and a guy who can score and distribute the puck.

  1. lowenni - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    That’s a great signing for them! Not too bad of a price, even if he has injury history. A Cammalleri-Zajac-Jagr line should actually be able to score. They still need to add some younger scoring pieces, but this should definitely help out their biggest need. Real good signing by Lou IMO.

    Don’t think they should’ve let Fayne go though. Keeping Salvador over him was a mistake. Does anyone think that Fayne just didn’t want to resign because of how DeBoer handled him? Despite possibly being the teams most consistent defender behind Andy Greene he only averaged 18 TOI.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      It wasn’t a matter of keeping either Fayne or Salavador. Fayne is a UFA and Salavador is not and has one remaining year on his contract. Using the buyout was between Volchenkov and Salavador but Volchenkov had a worse contract.

      They didn’t sign Fayne because they have defensive prospects that are ready the transition to the NHL and they’re more versatile than Fayne is.

      Their optimal situation might have been letting Salvador and Volchenkov go and keeping Fayne but it wasn’t economically feasible because of the two formers contracts.

      Hope that helps clear things up. Have a good one.

      • nickdesposito - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:16 PM

        Exactly. Fayne was solid but they wanted to give Gelinas, Larsson and Merrill time to play.

      • 950003cups - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        Lou just didn’t wanna pay him. He could’ve signed him and traded him to EDM if they so badly wanted him. At a much cheaper price than EDM has paid.

        But losing Fayne isn’t all that big a deal. As mentioned above, we have a few other guys ready to make their names known.

      • 950003cups - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:00 PM

        Oh, and about Cammelleri…


        Lou gives a LW (how many we have now???) $5 million which we don’t need, and Stastny, a true #1 center, gets $7 million. While that useless bum Zajac, gets close to $6 million.

        A complete blithering idiot

      • pj608 - Jul 2, 2014 at 5:27 AM

        Lou isnt the type of guy that will sign someone just to trade him…. Maybe something that Steve Yzerman would do over in Tampa Bay. He is Loyal to his players and he tries to treat people right. I mean how would you feel if you signed a contract and then were moved right away. Also, would if Edmonton changed their mind? Didnt want to give anything up. They are happy with the pieces they have and just want to pick up a free agent d man. So many things could of gone wrong if he just signed him to trade him.

        Now Salvador should be traded. 5th 6th 7th round pick…. Theres a bunch of teams with cap that need defenders and i looked at the free agent d men that are left and hes better than half if not over half of them.

  2. darksidecowboy - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    5 years seems a bit long at that salary

  3. c9castine - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    good signing devils need a lot more than that though their defense is brutal. no offense back there at all.

    • nickdesposito - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      Did you watch any of their games? Greene, Zidlicky and Gelinas had like 100 pts combined.

      • c9castine - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:23 PM

        thats funny…. maybe zidlicky

        greene and gelinas are decent players but im talking about real puck movers and blue line snipers.

    • pj608 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      We had top 5 fewest GAA…. Defense combined with goaltending is not an issue dude. Its the abilty to score ad finish games….. Almost every one of those Shoot out losses came after we were up 1 or 2 goals in the 3rd and sat back.

      • c9castine - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:28 PM

        i dont mean brutal as in cant defend. obviously the devils were playing a defensive style because they had no offense other than 78 year old superman jagr…

        i mean a dangerous defense that plays in all 3 zones. one that can light the lamp…a guy who is a legit powerplay quarterback, somebody with wheels. there is some good players there 3-6…you need a stud back there and you dont have one. period. and now they are all gone.

  4. pavelfitzgerald - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Solid signing. Everywhere he goes he scores.

    • 950003cups - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      not since 2009

      • pj608 - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        he just had 45 points last season in 63 games… I know it was a contract year for him so he will probably drop down to his previous 30 points. IDK why they dont get a RFA, Use some draft picks on a forward like Ryan O’Rielly or Ryan Johansen and have a forward that is ahead of the development stages.

      • 950003cups - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM

        Cammelleri is a good player. This year was better than last years FA where David Clarkson banked $5.25 million. But the Devils are in dire need of a #1 center.

  5. mizzike20 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Now trade Larsson to Edmonton for Yakupov and ill get excited.

    • bloominoctober - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      Larsson has been signed to a one-year extension.

    • pj608 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      rather have eberle than yakupov… i said it before. Larsson, Salvador and a 5th round pick for eberle.

  6. bloominoctober - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    This is a great signing. Cammalleri has a knack for just finding the net (something we desperately need). I’d like to see one more forward brought in as additional insurance (maybe Grabhovski?). Then turn focus back to getting Carter and Schneider under contract.

  7. valoisvipers - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    I guess it is just me but I think this is the worst signing so far on FA Day. This is not Lou’s type of player. I thought he was just about washed up during his last years as a Hab and battles health problems. I guess this is what you do when you are desperate for offense but how is this going to look in 2019?

  8. gbart22 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Terrible terrible terrible terrible terrible

  9. pj608 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    This isnt bad. but we need a good two way center… not in 4 years. NOW! Please get someone thats younger too…. Ryan Johansen is up for grabs and his cap would be low. Give up the picks for him and sign him to a 4 year 3 million dollar contract. Get rid of Salvador and Zubrus if possible even if its just for picks. There are tooooo many good players out there and we just spent half the salary cap on guys over 32.

  10. kane987245 - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Cammalleri has stated that he loves the philosophy here and was sold on being here because of playing with Gionta and the meeting he had with Lou. It matches up with most of his beliefs and playing style. We did not just sign a big name, but we signed someone who honestly WANTS to be a NJD. That is what I am most excited about.

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