The New Jersey Devils,through confirmation by a variety of media sources, have agreed to terms with forward Mike Cammalleri on a 5 year contract worth $25 million. This happened so quickly into the free agency window, that it is obvious that the Devils had targeted him and had some preliminary understanding of mutual interest.
This transaction fills the void in scoring that New Jersey needed to address in the offseason. It also answers the question of how the Devils were going to spend the salary cap space they opened up when they used the compliance buyout on Anton Volchenkov yesterday (which made about $4 million in cap room available).
The higher-tier free agent forwards who were making $6 million or close to that figure were going to be looking for a raise in their next contract, I knew the Devils did not want to use $6 or $7 million in cap space on one player. They were able to get Cammalleri for $5 million per season, which is a smart move.
Cammalleri is a bona-fide scorer with versatility in that he can play center or a wing position. He is a left handed shooter, and he scored 26 goals in 63 games last season for the Calgary Flames.
Cammalleri is 32 years old, and has 236 career goals. He has scored 26 goals or more in a season 5 times, including 39 goals for Calgary in 2008-09.
I am very excited about this signing, and the fans should be too, Cammalleri is the type of player that fits the Devils system very well. He will provide us with a top-notch scorer and depth at center joining Travis Zajac and Adam Henrique at that position.
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(Statistics courtesy of NHL.com)