The Calgary Flames made headlines last night when the reacquired forward Michael Cammalleri in a deal with the Montreal Canadiens that shipped forward Rene Bourque to Montreal. The deal made a lot of headlines because of when it occured.
However, the Calgary Flames have made headlines again because General Manager Jay Feaster put the Jarome Iginla trade talks to rest.
The Flames clearly feel that this latest trade can improve their plans for the playoffs. It should be noted that Cammalleri had his best season when he was a member of the Calgary Flames. In the 2008-09 season he scored 39 goals and 43 assists for 82 points in 81 games.
By bringing in someone who has proven that he can perform and someone who has good chemistry with Jarome Iginla, Feaster is hoping that this trade can help turn Calgary around. While the Flames could use some more improvements, this reacquisition of Cammalleri could be a start.
If Cammalleri fails to perform for Calgary, this trade could come back to bite Feaster as he took on more salary to have the deal go through. Cammalleri has a $6.0M cap hit for the next two seasons but Bourque only has a cap hit of $3.3M that expires in the '16-'17 season. It can be looked at as fair because Cammalleri will become a free agent before Bourque.
With Iginla off the table for now, it is interesting to see if interest in other players like Alex Semin, Ales Hemsky and Bobby Ryan increases in the days leading up to the deadline.
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